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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 ]

DEEL Provides Take-Home Activity Kits to Support Early Learning and Healthy Child Development Throughout Pandemic

When the pandemic began, keeping 3- and 4-year-olds engaged through remote learning proved to be a challenge for parents and teachers. Early learning research shows us that at this age, children rely heavily on sensory exploration to build an understanding of the world around them. To address this need for Seattle’s youngest learners, the Department of Education and Early Learning’s (DEEL) Quality Practice and Professional Development (QPPD) team developed home-learning kits for children enrolled in DEEL-sponsored early learning programs such as birth-to-three services, Seattle Preschool Program (SPP), and SPP Pathway programs to increase parent engagement in their child’s learning and support healthy childhood development from home.  

DEEL Invests In Youth Leaders To Address Bias, Hate, and Discrimination with new $100K Mini-Grant

This week, the Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning (DEEL) opened applications for a new Youth-Led Social Justice Mini-Grant which will invest up to $100,000 toward youth-led social justice projects to address hate and bias toward Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI), Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPoC), and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex and Asexual (LGBTQIA+) communities.

Child Care Recognition Payment Applications Are Open Now!

In appreciation of the valuable work Seattle home-based and center-based child care workers have been performing during the COVID-19 public health emergency, the City of Seattle has allocated over $2.9M  from the Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (CLFR) to offer child care workers a recognition payment. The Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning (DEEL) is proud to partner with Child Care Resources (CCR) to distribute these funds.  

DEEL Announces $1.45 Million in Funding to Support Parents and Children Ages 0-3

DEEL Announces $1.45M in funding to support parents and children ages 0-3

Meet DEEL’s SYEP Interns: Kyra and Lul

Meet Kyra and Lul, two Seattle Youth Employment Program (SYEP) interns who joined DEEL’s Communications Team for the summer! Work-based learning helps inspire and prepare students with the skills they need to achieve their post-secondary goals. We’re proud to have welcomed these two bright young people to our team to learn about social media management, communication strategy and what it’s like to work at a public agency.  

Seeking Youth & Community Input: Survey to Inform How Funding Can Support Youth and Families Experiencing Homelessness

The Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning (DEEL) is seeking feedback from Seattle youth and adults who have experienced homelessness or housing instability. You can help inform how funding can better support people experiencing homelessness by completing the following surveys: Youth Survey (ages 10-21): Adult Survey (ages 22+): Please help us… [ Keep reading ]

Celebrating Over 8,049 Doses of COVID-19 Vaccines Administered at Seattle Public Schools

Celebrating 8,049 vaccines administered to Seattle families and students. Image depicts Seattle Fire Department Captain Berry administering a COVID-19 vaccine to a student at Robert Eagle Staff Middle School in June.