Seattle Preschool Program Provider Facilities Fund


The Department of Education and Early Learning (DEEL) is notifying any agency under contract to provide preschool services for the Seattle Preschool Program (SPP) or the Pathway Program of a funding opportunity through the City of Seattle 2018 Families, Education, Preschool and Promise (FEPP) Levy. The FEPP Levy aims to achieve educational equity, close opportunity gaps, and build a better economic future for Seattle students-join us.

The City has provided quality supports to preschool providers and tuition assistance to families through levies since 2004. In 2015, the City launched the SPP. Around the same time, DEEL also created a preschool program called Pathway to support providers to transition to SPP by providing additional supports needed to meet SPP quality standards. The goal of preschool is for Seattle children to access and utilize high-quality early learning services that promote success in kindergarten. When children have access, the outcomes are:

  • Children are kindergarten ready
  • Learning environments are evidence based, high-quality, culturally responsive, and equitable
  • Children and families have multiple ways to access high-quality early learning services
  • Race-based opportunity gaps are closed  

Research demonstrates that high-quality learning environments support improved academic outcomes. In working with community to identify the challenges of participating in SPP, partners cited: (1) the lack of available and licensable space as a barrier to SPP program expansion, and (2) organizational capacity related to board development, fundraising plans, human resources, and financial management as ongoing challenges for sustainability. DEEL will support in the improvement and expansion of early learning facilities and environments by investing in an annual SPP Provider Facilities Fund RFI.



Phase 1: Request for Investment*
Request for Investment (RFI) Release July 1, 2019 RFI posted
RFI Information Webinar

July 12, 2019, 10:30 am-11:30 am

Information Session 1

Wednesday, July 17, 2019, 6:00 pm-7:00 pm

Northgate Library (Northgate Meeting Room) - 10548 5th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125

Information Session 2

Wednesday, July 24, 2019, 11:00 am-12:00 pm

Douglass-Truth Library (Douglass-Truth Meeting Room) - 2300 E Yesler Way, Seattle, WA 98122

Question and Answer Period July 12 - 29, 2019 No calls nor individual meetings will be accepted. Email all questions to:
RFI Submission Deadline August 2, 2019 by 5 PM See "Instructions to Applicants"
Phase 2: Evaluation*
Applications Reviewed and Rated August 9 - 20, 2019
Scoring Session(s) August 21 - 30, 2019
Notifications Issued to Applicants September 2019

*Dates/locations subject to change 

RFI in Word: Download
RFI in PDF: Download
RFI Application in Word: Download
Application Attachment 2-4 Download 
Frequently asked questions (FAQ): Click here
Information Session Presentation: Click here

Presentation PDF
How and where to submit:

By Mail:

Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning

Jenny Choi

PO Box 94665 Seattle, WA 98124-6965

By Hand:

Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning Seattle Municipal Tower

Jenny Choi

700 5th Ave, Suite 1700

Seattle, WA 98104

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