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    Considering Child Care Options
    Posted on 08/01/2016
    Kids on a play structure at Orca

    Before and After School Child Care Programs in Seattle Public Schools

    Ninety three percent of SPS elementary schools have on-site care programs.

    Programs offer fee-based before and after school, school break, and (usually) summer care for elementary school-aged children. Many also offer preschool for 3-5 year olds (full day or part day).

    These school-based programs are operated by licensed community care providers or Seattle Parks and Recreation/ Associated Recreation Council.

    Some programs are nationally accredited for high quality by the National Afterschool Association (NAA), National Council on Accreditation-After school (COA) or the National Association for Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

    Why choose a school-based child care program?

    • Schools and programs work together to support children’s learning and development through their alignment partnerships.
    • All programs reinforce learning through play-based activities.
    • All programs offer reading and/or homework support.
    • Pre-K programs help children get ready for school.

    Before and After School Programs 

    See a list of before and after school child care providers in Seattle Public Schools. 

    For information on other programs call Child Care Resources at 206-329-5544 or visit their website at

    Need help paying for child care?

    What’s program accreditation?

    Accreditation means a program has completed a rigorous self-study to ensure meeting high quality program standards, and an endorsement visit by a national accreditation organization.

    Accrediting organizations include:

    • National Afterschool Association (programs serving school-age children)
    • National Association for the Education of Young Children

    Need transportation to a program near the school?

    Talk to the our transportation office at 252-0900 to explore options.

    Looking for middle school after school programs?

    • Talk to your school about after school programs and community learning centers 
    • Contact teen services at Parks Community Centers, YMCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs, cultural organizations, etc.