Seattle Public Schools

SPS Preschool Options

Summary: The Seattle Preschool Program and Head Start are accepting applications for the 2024-25 school year.

Preschool Applications are open for the 2024-25 school year!

SPS Seattle Preschool Program and Head Start preschool program opened applications for the 2024-25 school year starting on Friday, March 15. Both programs provide high-quality, evidence based preschool programs for 3- and 4-year-old students.

Please see the Preschool Locations Map for SPS preschool program locations.

Questions about preschool or application support:

  • Seattle Preschool Program contact preschool@seattle.gov or 206-386-1050.
  • Head Start contact the SPS Head Start office at 206-252-0960.

Preschool at Seattle Public Schools

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At Seattle Public Schools our vision is for every child to participate in a high-quality, cohesive, and joyful early learning experience that will provide a strong foundation to support their success in school and life.

Our preschool programs offer children and families opportunity and access to classrooms and school communities with a positive climate, and teachers who are ready and able to meet their individual needs in high-quality, inclusive, and culturally responsive learning environments.

Seattle Preschool Programs

  • Seattle Preschool Program (SPP): In collaboration with the City of Seattle, this program offers high-quality, affordable preschool for all 3- and 4-year-old children in Seattle.
  • Seattle Preschool Program Plus (SPP Plus) is a high-quality preschool program that also offers inclusive opportunities for students with and without disabilities.

See which schools in SPS host the Seattle Preschool Programs:

Head Start Preschool Program

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Head Start is a FREE, federally funded child development program for children and their families who are eligible. The Head Start programs in Seattle Public Schools serve 3-year and 4-year-old children, offering preschool curriculum, family services, and transportation.

Learn more and see which schools in SPS offer the Head Start Preschool Program:

Developmental Preschool

Early Childhood Special Education: For children age 3-5 determined eligible with a disability that impacts educational progress and who are in need of specially designed instruction. Learn more about the programs:

Community Based Providers

Community providers who provide preschool and/or before and after school programs at or nearby a school.

Inclusive Preschool Classrooms

Free Part-Day Preschool!

  • Is your child ready for preschool but not quite ready for a full day program?
  • Are you looking for opportunities for your child to learn and play with children of diverse ability levels?

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