Preschool for All
On September 23, 2013, the Seattle City Council unanimously passed the "Preschool for All" Resolution (Resolution 31478). It established the City Council's goal of making voluntary, high-quality preschool available and affordable to all of Seattle's 3- and 4-year-old children.
The resolution charged the Office for Education with developing an action plan to achieve this goal. We have contracted with a consultant to develop an Action Plan, Financial Model, and Implementation Timeline for this program in Seattle. The Action Plan will address program features, tuition, delivery systems, phase-in, governance, coordinating program and funding streams, financial models, funding sources, and outreach to community members in order to build a Preschool for All program that:
- Achieves positive long-term social / emotional and academic outcomes for children
- Makes the best use of public resources
- Offers incentives to providers to develop and deliver high-quality programs
Workgroups are meeting between February 20 and March 7.
We are convening our local early learning community to provide information about the strengths and needs of Seattle's early education system. In January they kicked off the process by meeting in groups to describe Seattle's current early learning landscape. The groups will meet again in February and March to provide feedback on a draft action plan.
If you are interested in participating on a workgroup, please email email@example.com. The public is welcome to attend these meetings to observe the discussion.
Watch this page for updates on our progress and to learn how you can participate in this process.
Visit the Seattle City Council's Preschool for All Plan for additional information, including links to local media coverage.
To sign up to receive ongoing information by email about Preschool for All from the Office for Education, send an email to UPKfirstname.lastname@example.org and you will automatically be added to the email list.
Erica Johnson, PFA Project Manager, 206-684-8478, email@example.com
Rachel Schulkin, Community Outreach Manager, 206-684-3942, firstname.lastname@example.org