Programs for 3 and 4 year olds

For 3 and 4 year olds, the following three programs are available for your child, with possible income qualifications:

  • Child Care Assistance Program - The City of Seattle helps income eligible working families pay for child care for children ages one month to 13 years. Families can choose from more than 100 licensed family child care homes and centers in Seattle, which contract with the City to provide high-quality and affordable child care. 
  • Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program - This program offers part-day and full-day, high-quality, culturally and linguistically appropriate preschool services for income eligible 3- and 4-year-olds and their families. 
  • Seattle Preschool Program - SPP offers high-quality, affordable preschool to all children across the City of Seattle. Tuition is free for children from families earning less than 94% of the state median income (or 350% of the federal poverty level). Tuition is offered on a sliding scale for families earning more than that—calculated by household size and income—with at least some level of subsidy for all families.  

Home Learning Resources

Need resources for family-directed learning at home?

DEEL's team of Early Learning Coaches has developed engaging educational activities to support family-directed learning in the home, with easy tips and developmentally appropriate strategies.

Click for Home Learning Resources for young learners.

Education and Early Learning

Dwane Chappelle, Director
Address: 700 5th Ave, Suite 1700, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 94665, Seattle, WA, 98124-6965
Phone: (206) 233-5118
Phone Alt: Childcare and Preschool: (206) 386-1050
Fax: (206) 386-1900

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