Seattle Preschool Program

 

On May 15, 2014, Mayor Murray unveiled the City's proposed Seattle Preschool Program Action Plan. Watch the press conference on the Seattle Channel video.

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 contracted with a consultant to develop an Action Plan, Financial Model, and Implementation Timeline for this program in Seattle. The Action Plan addresses 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 Seattle Preschool 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

We convened 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. For more information, please email upk@seattle.gov or read more on this page.


IN THE NEWS

Seattle Times: Seattle's preschool plan: Start small, focus on quality

NPR: What Exactly is "High Quality" Preschool?

KING5: Mayor Murray speaks at community meeting about quality preschool for all

Penny Legate interviews local and national experts about preschool, from the Seattle Channel's CityStream program.

Watch this page for updates on our progress and to learn how you can participate in this process.

Other Resources:

The Seattle City Council's Seattle Preschool Program  webpage includes links to local media coverage.

Receive ongoing information about the Seattle Preschool Program by email from the Office for Education. Just send an email to UPK-subscribe-request@talk2.seattle.gov to be automatically added to the email list.

Contacts:

Erica Johnson, Seattle Preschool Program Project Manager, 206-684-8478, erica.johnson@seattle.gov

Rachel Schulkin, Community Outreach Manager, 206-684-3942, rachel.schulkin@seattle.gov