About Us

Welcome to the Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning!

Mission: To ensure that all Seattle children have the greatest opportunity to succeed in school and in life and to graduate from school ready for college and a career.

Effective January 1, 2015, the Office for Education and the early learning programs from the Human Services Department have joined to become the new Department of Education and Early Learning (DEEL).

The new structure will enable the city to better coordinate existing work and resources on behalf of students of all ages, improve collaboration with Seattle Public Schools, colleges and child care providers, and increase performance measurement of the city's work to support positive educational outcomes.

More about the new department