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Focused on Student Success, $7.2 Million in Youth Programs Awarded 

Building on nearly $5 million in expanded learning and college and career programming since 2020, the Department of Education and Early Learning (DEEL) will invest approximately $7.2 million in programs for students and youth not yet meeting grade-level standards, in alignment with and funded by the 2018 voter-approved Families, Education, Preschool, and Promise (FEPP) Levy. Opportunity and Access grants will fund 16 community-based organizations and serve approximately 2,000 youth and young adults through 2026, the final year of the levy. Each organization will receive $450,000 over three years. 

Child Care Staff to Receive Up to $5.3 Million to Support Workforce

For the third consecutive year, the City of Seattle will provide millions in relief to support and retain child care workers. Funded by the Payroll Expense Tax, up to $5.3 million–the largest direct payment investment to date–is projected to reach approximately 4,500 child care workers across the city. Applications open Tuesday, June 13, 2023.  

DEEL Spring 2023 Newsletter

DEEL’s spring newsletter is available now! This issue highlights Seattle Preschool Program applications now open for the 2023-24 school year, and levy-supported classroom strategies supporting success.

FEPP Levy Oversight Committee Seeks New Members to Advise on Preschool Through Postsecondary Education Investments

The Department of Education and Early Learning (DEEL) is accepting applications for three new members of the Families, Education, Preschool and Promise (FEPP) Levy Oversight Committee (LOC).

Eight of Ten Students Engaged in Summer Learning Report Being Better Prepared for School

Last year, survey feedback from 1,059 youth served by DEEL’s 2022 summer learning investments showed more than 8 out of 10 students had an overall positive experience in their summer program and felt better prepared to return to school in the fall. This year, community organizations and city agencies are eligible to apply for up to $75,000 per program to support existing programs through DEEL’s Summer Learning Enhancement fund. Applications open March 6.

DEEL Announces $7.2 Million Available to Increase Access to Expanded Learning and College & Career Exploration Opportunities for Seattle Youth

The Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning (DEEL) announced the opening of applications for Opportunity & Access funds. Up to $7.2 million is available to support organizations providing academic, enrichment, and college and career readiness programs to youth disproportionately impacted by systemic inequities in education.

Celebrating DEEL’s 2022 Partnerships and Accomplishments

Entering the new year, DEEL is reflecting upon the department’s many accomplishments in 2022 as we continued to navigate the persistent impacts of COVID.

DEEL Winter 2023 Newsletter

DEEL’s Winter 2023 newsletter is available now!

Join Our Upcoming Info Session for the SPP Expansion Request for Qualifications (RFQ)

Applications to join the Seattle Preschool Program for the 2023-24 school year are due January 18. Last week, DEEL announced the opening of a new Request for Qualifications (RFQ) opportunity to solicit applications from qualified early learning providers in Seattle for the opportunity to join the Seattle Preschool Program (SPP),… [ Keep reading ]

11 Organizations Awarded $1.6M in Community Grants to Support Equitable Birth Outcomes and Early Childhood Development

The Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning (DEEL) has announced $1.6 million in grants for 11 community organizations as part of the Sweetened Beverage Tax (SBT) 2022 Prenatal-to-Three Community Grant Program, which aims to improve kindergarten readiness and reduce outcome disparities for young children and families based on race, gender, or other socioeconomic factors.