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DEEL Announces Up To $1.5M in Grant Funding for Cultural Education and Leadership Opportunities Supporting Historically Underserved Youth

DEEL is currently accepting applications for the Youth Leadership and Cultural Education Request for Investment (RFI). As part of DEEL’s 2022 budget allocation supporting recommendations from the Equitable Communities Initiative, DEEL will invest up to $1.5 million in community-based leadership and cultural education opportunities for historically underserved immigrant, refugee, and youth of color disproportionately impacted by systemic inequities. Applicants are invited to apply for up to $150,000 with funds awarded through a competitive process managed by DEEL. 

DEEL Spring 2022 Newsletter

DEEL’s spring 2022 newsletter is available now! DEEL is excited to announce Seattle Preschool Program enrollment is currently open for 3- and 4-year-olds in Seattle. This issue also provides information about Washington state’s new Cost of Care Study for child care providers, financial aid and internship opportunities students, new funding… [ Keep reading ]

Fabrics of Our Lives: Atlantic Street Center Youth Celebrate Black History   

At the historic Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, Seattle youth took to the stage to deliver a stellar performance celebrating Black History Month titled, Fabrics of Our Lives.  The play highlighted art, culture, and important moments in American history through tributes to Black civil rights activists, the Harlem Renaissance, Harriet Tubman, the Black Panthers and boy bands of the 1980’s to name only a few. Performers included youth representing Atlantic Street Center (ASC), D&G Dance Company and individual youth performers Tazz Enrico, Skye Dior, and Ashley McCarver.   

Call for Community Volunteers: Join the FEPP Levy Oversight Committee to advise on how the City of Seattle advances educational equity from preschool to postsecondary through policy and financial investments

The Department of Education and Early Learning (DEEL) is currently accepting applications for five new committee members for the Families, Education, Preschool and Promise (FEPP) Levy Oversight Committee (LOC). LOC members serve three-year terms, with the exception of youth members, who will serve a one-year term. Interested community members are encouraged to apply through the City of Seattle Boards and Commissions website. Applications are due by Monday, February 14, 2022. DEEL… [ Keep reading ]

DEEL Invests Over $440K in Community-Driven Programs Supporting Black Girls, Young Women, and Black Queer and Transgender Youth 

SEATTLE (January 12) – Today, the Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning (DEEL) announced more than $440,000 in grant awards for the Black Girls, Young Women, Black Queer and Transgender Youth Request for Investment to support positive identity development and social-emotional learning for middle- and high-school age youth in Seattle. Six community-based organizations will receive awards ranging from $69,000 to $75,000 to provide culturally-responsive programs designed to support Black girls and Black Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ+) youth with leadership skills, mentorship, dedicated safe spaces and mental wellness services. Three of six organizations are first-time grant recipients from DEEL, and the majority of programs will serve students in the Central District and South Seattle. Programming will occur during the 2021-2022 school year and will serve over 200 youth. 

Seattle Developmental Bridge Program: A partnership between DEEL, King County Developmental Disabilities & Early Childhood Supports Division, Wonderland Child & Family Services, Northwest Center and Boyer Children’s Clinic

For children with disabilities and developmental delays, accessing services early can help them build a strong foundation for success in kindergarten and beyond. Early education and therapy services have been shown to help children build the important functional daily living skills they need to thrive in school and in life. DEEL is proud to partner with the Developmental Bridge Program to ensure families of young children in Seattle who are eligible for developmental support services have access to them at no cost.  

DEEL Awards Nearly $1.5 Million to Community-Based Organizations to Support Equitable Birth Outcomes and Kindergarten Readiness for Families with Young Children

The Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning (DEEL) announced nearly $1.5M in awards for the Prenatal-to-Three Community Grant Program to increase equitable birth and kindergarten readiness outcomes for young families. This grant program is designed to support community-based organizations to identify challenges families with young children are experiencing and implement their own community-driven solutions.  

DEEL Awards Nearly $3M to Child Care Workers in Appreciation of Their Service to Seattle Families Throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic

Building on a series of investments to support child care providers throughout the pandemic, Dr. Dwane Chappelle, Director of the Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning (DEEL), joined members of the Seattle City Council, child care workers and education partners to announce $2.9 million in Child Care Recognition Payments as part of the Seattle Rescue Plan. Over 3,500 workers will receive a one-time payment in appreciation of their important service provided to Seattle children and families throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mayor Durkan Announces Municipal Match Partnership with Washington State Opportunity Scholarship to Strengthen STEM Pathways for Seattle Promise Scholars

Mayor Jenny A. Durkan, DEEL, and partners from education, philanthropy and STEM industries announced a new partnership with the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (WSOS) to strengthen pathways to college and career advancement for Seattle Promise scholars pursuing jobs in the trades, Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) and health care. Seattle is the first city in Washington State to become a municipal partner for this competitive scholarship, ensuring Seattle Promise scholars have access to continued financial aid and support as they successfully complete the Seattle Promise program and transition to furthering their education at another institution.  

Announcing Over $945K in Seattle Preschool Program Facilities Improvements

NEWS RELEASE Jenny A. Durkan, Mayor Dwane Chappelle, Director FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 28, 2021 Contact: Sage Leibenson,, 206-507-6701 Announcing Over $945K in Seattle Preschool Program Facilities Improvements Funded projects will result in safe, high-quality learning environments for Seattle preschoolers SEATTLE (October 27) – The Seattle Department of Education… [ Keep reading ]