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Celebrating the Emergency Child Care Program for Essential Workers

The City of Seattle’s Emergency Child Care program, launched in late March during the early days of the pandemic, supported hundreds of essential workers in the wake of COVID-related school closures.

Key Investments in Learning Continue Despite Challenges to City Revenue

An update on how DEEL’s key investments in education are continuing in light of COVID-19 financial impacts.

An All-In Effort to Provide Emergency Child Care

The City of Seattle’s Emergency Child Care program, launched in response to COVID-19 school closures, required an all-in effort from a variety of partners to expand care for families of essential personnel.

Three organizations selected to provide individualized behavioral and developmental support services for the Seattle Preschool Program

The Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning (DEEL) has selected three organizations to provide individualized behavioral support and child development services to early learning providers participating in the Seattle Preschool Program (SPP) and SPP Pathway. Funded by the voter-approved Families, Education, Preschool and Promise Levy, DEEL has approximately $400,000… [ Keep reading ]

Ready on Day 1: A Teacher’s View of What “Kindergarten Ready” Really Looks Like

By Erica Johnson, PhD Manager of Early Learning Policy and Innovation, Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning I can still remember the children in my first kindergarten classroom. It was August 2001—my first year of teaching—and I was as nervous as they were. On the first day, I… [ Keep reading ]

UPDATED: SPP parent portal back up

Updated 7/31/17 @3:15 – The parent portal, accessible at is back up! This morning the Seattle Preschool Program enrollment staff were notified that the vendor maintaining our application and enrollment portal is experiencing technical issues. The parent portal is down for the time being. Please call (206) 386-1050… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Joins U.S. Cities for First-Ever Universal Pre-K Policy Forum in New York City

“Pre-K for All” Convening Re-Affirms Commitment to Free, Equitable pre-Kindergarten in Seattle and Across the Country OCTOBER 6, 2016 Leaders from Seattle, Erica Johnson (Senior Policy Advisor, Early Learning Division) and Leilani Dela Cruz (Operations Manager, Early Learning Division) today will join policymakers from 12 municipal governments across the country… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Murray 2017-18 budget proposes additional funding for education and youth

Mayor Ed Murray delivered his 2017-18 Proposed Budget to the City Council yesterday, and I am pleased to inform you of a few exciting new items included in the Department of Education and Early Learning’s proposed budget. When Mayor Murray appointed me as director of DEEL, he made it clear… [ Keep reading ]

Wishing for more Seattle Preschool Program classrooms in North Seattle? We’re on our way!

Article in The Urbanist: Preschool And 70 Low-Income Apartments Headed To Lake City by Doug Trumm @dmtrumm on September 26, 2016 The Northeast Design Review Board will hold the first recommendation meeting tonight for a 6-story 70-apartment building the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) plans to build in Lake City…. [ Keep reading ]

Tiny Trees (Seattle PreK Pathway Program)–Highlighted as innovative new partner with Seattle Parks

On a cloudy day, April Charlie explores the forests of Camp Long for the first time. Through her three-year-old eyes it is a wonderland – full of towering conifers, big rocks and colorful animals. It’s a perfect place to ramble, burrow and play. The best part is Charlie will get… [ Keep reading ]