About the Families and Education Levy
The Families and Education Levy will invest $235 million over seven years
The Families and Education Levy is ...
- A property tax levy approved by Seattle voters in 2011, with funding awarded from school year 2012-13 through 2018-19
- Administered by the City's Office for Education — distinct from, but in collaboration with, the Seattle School District
- Accountable to a community Levy Oversight Committee and the Seattle City Council
- Built on previous levies approved in 1990, 1997, and 2004
Levy Supported Programs
Levy investments for Community-Based Family Support focus on closing the achievement gap for low-income students, students of color, and English Language Learners.
The Early Learning Academy (ELA) provides professional development for preschool teachers; family child care providers; and family, friend, and neighbor caregivers so they may increase the number of children who enter kindergarten with the skills to succeed.
Seattle public schools that meet our criteria for at-risk populations are eligible to apply to become Innovation schools. All Seattle public middle or K-8 schools are eligible to apply to become Linkage Schools.
The Families and Education Levy funds health care services for the Interagency Academy, an alternative high school with multiple locations throughout Seattle.
Levy Oral Health investments are intended to contribute towards achieving better academic outcomes for students in schools with other Levy health programs in place.
The Parent-Child Home Program promotes school readiness by involving children ages two and three in educational play during home visits.
The Families and Education Levy funds school-based health centers.
We invest with Seattle Public Schools to provide additional health services that support academic success.
The Seattle Early Education Collaborative (SEEC) is a group of agencies and individuals working together to create a shared vision for early learning to achieve greater gains for children. Partners include our Step Ahead program, Head Start grantees, and the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP).
The Families and Education Levy provides access to quality full- and half-time preschools to low-income 3- and 4-year olds.
The Levy invests in summer learning programs to help lessen summer learning loss for low-income students, while also providing extra time for students who are behind to catch up with their peers.