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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: Free and low-cost preschool slots still available

8/5/2011  2:35:00 PM
David Takami  (206) 684-7241

Free and low-cost preschool slots still available

SEATTLE — Seattle Human Services Department preschool programs are now enrolling 4-year-olds from low- to moderate-income families.

Seattle Step Ahead and the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) still have free or reduced-cost spaces available for more than 600 children at 21 sites in southeast and southwest Seattle this school year.

"These preschools help prepare children for kindergarten socially, academically, and physically," said Dannette R. Smith, director of the Seattle Human Services Department. "The earliest years of a child’s life are critical to developing the skills and the love for learning that lead to academic success."

To be eligible, a family must live in Seattle and have a child who will have turned 4 by August 31, 2011. For ECEAP, a family of four earning up to $24,585 per year is eligible, and for Step Ahead, a family of four earning up to just over $67,000 annually is eligible.

Step Ahead is funded by the Seattle Families and Education Levy, and ECEAP is funded by the State of Washington. For more information about these programs — locations, eligibility and applications — call 206-386-1050.

"Our preschools involve parents, and honor a wide diversity of cultures and languages," Smith said. "We encourage parents who don’t think they can afford preschool to contact us right away."


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