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    *** APPLICATIONS for the 2020 School Year are coming soon! March 16, 2020 is the anticipated application opening date. Enrolling in the Seattle Preschool Program with Seattle Public Schools takes place through the City of Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning (DEEL) For more information please contact the City of Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning:

    Phone: (206) 386-1050

    To Apply to the Seattle Preschool Program, please visit the Department of Early Learning Application Portal. Paper applications, including translated versions are available via the website, email request ( or call 206-386-1050.

    If your child has a disability and they have a current IEP (Individualized Education Plan) with Seattle Public Schools, please contact your current case manager for more information about how to enroll and submit an application for SPP or Seattle Preschool Program Plus (SPP Plus).

    To Learn More and Get Announcements About the Seattle Preschool Program, Sign Up for the SPP Mailing List

    This list will send updates about our preschool program for as long as your child is age-eligible. You can always unsubscribe at any time, as well. (Sign Up for the SPP Mailing List).



    Eligibility is based on two factors: Child age and Address 

    Age: Children must be 3 or 4 years old on or by August 31, the start of the program year. 

    Address: SPP is only open to Seattle residents. Children residing in unincorporated Seattle, or outside Seattle city limits, are not eligible.



    The Seattle Preschool Selection process takes into consideration various factors. Eligible preschoolers will be selected through a random selection process that utilizes the following criteria:

    Child’s age: Children who are age 4 on or before August 31 of the school year will receive priority over children who are age 3.

    Home address: If you select a site that is in the same Seattle Public Schools elementary or middle school attendance zone as your home address, you will receive priority for that site over children living in other parts of the city.

    Siblings: Additional preference is given to children with siblings who will be enrolled/attending SPP at the same time.

    Homeless and Foster Care: Children from families experiencing homelessness or in foster care will receive priority placement.

    If a site requires a wait list, children will be added to the wait list based on these priorities.


    Tuition for the Seattle Preschool Program is considered for all students on a sliding scale and is based on household income. The 2020-21 Seattle Preschool Program Tuition Sliding Scale:

    All final tuition rate decisions are made by the City of Seattle. For more information on tuition payments, please visit the (Department of Education and Early Learning's Tuition FAQ). 

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