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    Program Overview

    Research has firmly established that investing in early learning yields powerful benefits for children, both in early elementary and as a cornerstone to their overall educational success. Research also indicates that meaningful inclusion is beneficial to children with and without disabilities across a variety of developmental domains.  Seattle Public Schools offers a variety of high-quality preschool programs, providing children and families the opportunity to access classrooms with a positive climate, and teachers who are ready and able to meet their needs in an early childhood learning environment.

    Seattle Preschool Program

    In collaboration with the City of Seattle, the Seattle Preschool Program offers high-quality, affordable preschool to all of Seattle's 3- and 4-year-olds. Students engage in a full time, research-based curriculum taught by certificated staff in a positive school climate and early childhood learning environment.

    • Certificated Teaching Staff (1 General Education Teacher)
    • Instructional & Classroom Assistants         
    • HighScope Preschool Curriculum
    • 20 students per classroom (10:1 student/teacher ratio)
    • 6 hours per day, 5 days per week from September through June
    • School Meals available to purchase or through the Free and Reduced Lunch program   
    • Before and After Care available at select sites
    • Tuition is determined on a sliding scale for all SPP students

    Seattle Preschool Program Plus

    Seattle Preschool Program Plus is a high-quality preschool program that also offers inclusive opportunities for students with and without disabilities. Students engage in a full time, research-based curriculum where specially designed instruction is integrated into the early childhood learning environment for students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs).

    • Certificated Teaching Staff (1 General Education and .5 Special Education Teacher)
    • Instructional & Classroom Assistants
    • HighScope Preschool Curriculum
    • 18 students per classroom (7:1 student/teacher ratio)
    • 6 hours per day, 5 days per week from September through June
    • School Meals available to purchase or through the Free and Reduced Lunch program
    • Before and After Care available at select sites
    • Transportation available for students with IEPs
    • Tuition is determined on a sliding scale for all SPP Plus students

    Preschool Programs by Location (2018-19):

    Arbor Heights

    Bailey- Gatzert (SPP Plus)

    B. F. Day (SPP Plus)

    Broadview-Thomson (SPP Head Start)

    Cedar Park

    Dearborn Park

    Highland Park

    Louisa Boren  (SPP Plus)

    Olympic Hills

    Roxhill at E.C. Hughes (SPP Head Start)

    Sand Point

    South Shore

    Thornton Creek (SPP Plus)

    Van Asselt 

    West Seattle (SPP Head Start)

    Seattle Public Schools is committed to ensuring equitable access, closing the opportunity gaps, and excellence in education for every student.