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Now Open – Request for Investment (RFI): Seattle Preschool Program (SPP) Provider Facilities Fund

The Department of Education and Early Learning is excited to announce the opening of the SPP Providers Facilities Fund Request for Investment (RFI) funding opportunity as part of the Families, Education, Preschool, and Promise Levy, passed by voters in 2018.  To be considered for funding, applicants are invited to apply… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Preschool Program Adds 16 New Classrooms; Applications for 2024-25 School Year Now Open

Seattle’s award-winning preschool program is expanding to 97 sites citywide, and partnering with 27 organizations.

Now Open: Seattle Preschool Program Request for Qualifications (RFQ)

The Seattle Department of Education & Early Learning is accepting applications from center-based early learning providers seeking to join Seattle Preschool Program (SPP) or expand existing SPP classrooms at their site.

Seattle Preschool Program Educators Celebrate Dual-Language Classroom Accreditation

Lion dancers pranced over the clash and bang of cymbals and drums in an end-of-year celebration of Seattle Preschool Program’s (SPP) Dual-Language Initiative. The event showcased student progress toward bilingualism and recognized six teachers for completing the Soy Bilingüe Early Childhood Education Classroom Accreditation.

New Strategies for Student Success Top of Mind for Levy Partners

DEEL staff and members of the FEPP Levy Oversight Committee (LOC) visit preschool through 12th grade classrooms throughout the school year to learn more about how levy supports and interventions are promoting student success

Seattle Preschool Program Adds 7 New Classrooms; Applications for 2023-24 School Year Now Open

Seattle’s award-winning preschool program is expanding to 89 sites citywide, including 28 dual-language classrooms supporting instruction in eight languages.

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 ]

DEEL Fall 2022 Newsletter 

DEEL’s fall 2022 newsletter is available now! This issue features investments in Seattle Preschool Program Summer Extension, International Baccalaureate programming at Rainier Beach High School, and educator diversity. Also highlighted is DEEL’s proposed 2023 budget, a spotlight on our new Early Learning Division Director, Leilani Dela Cruz, and supportive student and family resources from preschool to postsecondary.

FEPP LOC Field Trips Highlight Learning in Action

From July through early October, DEEL’s school and community partners welcomed the Families, Education, Preschool and Promise (FEPP) Levy Oversight Committee (LOC) to observe programs in action and learn more about each investment area. Field trips were organized for nine DEEL-funded programs ranging from preschool through postsecondary.  

Kindergarten Readiness Gets a Boost from Summer-Extension Programming, a Pandemic-Era Adaptation to the Seattle Preschool Program with Lasting Benefits 

Last week, hundreds of Seattle Preschool Program (SPP) participants started kindergarten better prepared and with more confidence around the big transition to school. That’s because preschool classes were extended through the summer for the second consecutive year, with some programs having as many as 10 weeks of extended programming.