Eligibility is based on three factors: Child age, Address, and Parent/Guardian Income.
Age: Children must be age 3 or 4 on or by August 31, the start of the program year.
Address: SPP is only open to Seattle residents. Children residing in unincorporated Seattle, or outside Seattle city limits, are not eligible.
Parent/Guardian Income: SPP is open to all children who live in Seattle who are age 4 by August 31 of the program year, regardless of income. For children who are age 4, income is not an eligibility factor however income is used to determine how much, if any tuition you will owe. Tuition is on a sliding scale, based off household size and parent/guardian income. If income is less than 300% FPL, the program is free.
If your child is 3 by August 31 of the program year, income must fall below 300% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) to be eligible. (Each year the government updates the FPL. Please see our website by clicking here to view the current FPL chart.) If income is over 300% FPL, the 3-year-old child may submit an application, but it will not be considered for a spot until other applicants have been offered placement, which is typically by November.
Upon enrollment, you will be required to submit documents to verify eligibility.
We highly encourage parents to apply directly online through our online portal. If it is not possible to apply online, you can print a paper application: SPP 2018-2019 Application- English
No. If your child is 3 by August 31 of the program year, your child is considered a 3-year-old for the remainder of the program year. This policy aligns to the public-school age cut off.
No. You must register for kindergarten separately with Seattle Public Schools. Your child is guaranteed a spot at their neighborhood elementary school. If you do not want your child to attend their neighborhood school, you must complete a School Choice Form which can be found on the Seattle Public Schools website.