General Information FAQ
SPP offers high-quality, affordable preschool to children across the City of Seattle. This program partners with Seattle early learning programs to: prepare children for school, enable students to achieve pre-academic skills, enable students to develop socially and emotionally and eliminate the readiness gap for participating children
Transportation is not available and is the responsibility of the parent/guardian. If a child is also enrolled in developmental preschool with Seattle Public Schools, the school district may provide transportation; in this case, a parent/guardian should contact the school district directly to inquire about transportation.
All SPP classrooms operate on a full day schedule of 6 hours a day, Monday - Friday for 180 days. Most SPP programs follow the Seattle Public School calendar and run from September to June. You may find the school calendar by going to the Seattle Public Schools website. Times of the program vary by provider. When deciding which provider/s is the best fit, please contact the provider directly or see our provider profiles on our website.
Additionally, certain providers may open earlier and close later to offer extended day care.
• SPP Providers must be enrolled in Early Achievers (EA) and hold a rating of Level 3 or above
• Evidence-based curriculum (Creative Curriculum or High Scope)
• Teachers with degrees in Early Childhood Education
• Small class sizes
• Enriched classroom environments
• Continuing education required for teachers
• Help with kindergarten enrollment and transition
• Bilingual programs and teaching staff
• All children receive health and developmental screening
• Complete child assessments 3 times a year
• Family Engagement
Yes, SPP has select sites that offer dual language in the classroom. Currently, SPP offers Spanish, Chinese, and Vietnamese dual language classrooms.
No. Seattle is a Welcoming City because we believe in inclusion and equity. City employees do not ask about citizenship status and serve all residents regardless of immigration status. Immigrants and refugees are welcome here. SPP staff will not collect information or ask parents/guardians about immigration status. Parent must only provide proof of living within the Seattle city limits, income and child’s age.