Applications for the 2020 – 2021 school year now available!

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Program Assignment

  • Round 1: If you apply by April 1, 2020, you will be notified about your selection status no later than April 30th.
  • Round 2: If you apply between April 2 and April 22, 2020, you will be notified about your selection status no later than May 22nd.
  • Waitlist: If your child is not selected and placed in Round 1 or 2 -or- your application is received after April 22nd, you will be placed on a waitlist. Vacancies are filled on a rolling basis between May 22, 2020 and March 31, 2021.
Submitting an application does not guarantee that your child will be selected for the program. Placement is not on a first-come, first-served basis. Please review the FAQs on selection for more information.

Translated applications will be available for download beginning March 16th.


Updates regarding the 2019-2020 school year

During this time of caution and health concerns, many preschool providers are not serving students. The Department of Education and Early Learning is working to support families during this time especially working parents. Please monitor the  City’s response page for available supports for you and your family.

The Seattle Preschool Program will no longer be enrolling students for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Some providers may have availability, so please contact providers directly to inquire about options. 

NEWS: Seattle's preschool program gets silver medal in nationwide Pre-k program review

The Seattle program has the highest quality among Pre-K programs in 40 large U.S. cities, according to a new report from the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University in partnership with nonprofit policy advocacy group CityHealth.
Seattle’s preschool program merits high marks for teacher quality and training, student-teacher ratios and class sizes, and ongoing efforts toward quality improvement… - The Seattle Times

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Explore the map below by clicking on individual providers (red dots.) Dots with an E offer extended hours while dots with a D offer dual language programming.