General COVID-19 Updates

During the COVID-19 pandemic, and in accordance with the Executive Order and Mayoral Directive from Mayor Durkan, access to the Department of Education and Early Learning at the Seattle Municipal Tower has been restricted to essential DEEL personnel. Updates on when DEEL's offices will reopen to the public will be provided on this page as soon as they are available.

DEEL's Program Intake Representatives and Human Service Coordinators are still available to assist families with questions about the Seattle Preschool Program (SPP), the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP), and the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) by phone and email.  

SPP  206-386-1050 /
CCAP 206-386-1050 /
ECEAP 206-684-0296 /

News Updates

Reopening of FEPP Levy Opportunity and Access Request for Investment 
May 11, 2020 - The previously suspended FEPP Levy Opportunity and Access (O&A) Request for Investment process is now open for applications through June 22, 2020. Please visit our O&A page for additional details. 

Suspension of DEEL's Culturally Responsive Mentoring Co-Design 
April 14, 2020 - Community partners were informed the Culturally Responsive Mentoring Co-Design process was being suspended in response to COVID-19. 

DEEL Suspends Culturally Responsive Programming Request for Investments 
April 13, 2020 - Seattle Schools were informed about the suspension of a Culturally Responsive Programming Request for Investments in response to COVID-19.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) 

Q: Where can I find updates on COVID-19 resources offered by the City of Seattle? 
A: For the latest resources available for COVID-19, please visit the Mayor's COVID-19 Community Resources page.  

Q: Where can I find updates on funding opportunities under the FEPP Levy? 
A: Due to COVID-19, some of the timelines for FEPP Levy funding processes were temporarily suspended. Please check back on this page (under News Updates) for updates related to the FEPP Levy and COVID-19. We will be posting information as it comes available. You can also visit our Funding Opportunities page for additional information.

Q: Are DEEL's programs still operating during COVID? 
A: Programs such as the Seattle Preschool Program (SPP) and the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) are operating on a provider-by-provider basis. Parents should contact their SPP school and CCAP provider to see if the facility is open.   

Q: How are school closures impacting Levy funded services for K12 students? 
 With campuses closed, everyone adapted to new ways of doing things and the work continued! Educators at schools and in the community found new and creative ways to reach kids and continue learning. For example, many set up regular virtual check-ins both one-on-one and with small groups of students; others continued remote tutoring sessions, provided tangible learning materials for pick up, and connected students and families with online resources and instructional support. 

Dedicated staff members at schools and community-based organizations continue to connect with students and families, leaning on established relationships to support their needs and keep them motivated. This includes helping students and families access meals and community resources to ensure basic needs are met and students are connected to available programs and human services, as well as distributing technology and supporting them in navigating new online learning platforms so they can continue academic coursework. School Based Health Centers also adapted many of their services to provide telehealth options and continue medical and mental healthcare. Some also redirected their efforts to the collective COVID response effort.    

Q: Will students still be able to participate in the Seattle Promise?
A: Yes! Applications for the 2020 Seattle Promise cohort were due in February. Over 1,700 Seniors signed up and will be able to participate remotely in Spring and Summer programming. For more information please visit the Seattle Promise website