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Education and Childcare

Seattle Parks and Recreation Preschool Scholarships

Available to children 3-5 years old not enrolled in school, the Seattle Parks and Recreation, in partnership with Associated Recreation Council operates half-day preschool programs. This program focuses on emotional, social, physical, and cognitive skills to prepare kids for success in school and in life.

Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR)

On average, recipients save:

$500 / Month

To apply, it may take you about:

1 Hour

The average response time is about:

2 Weeks

How it works

Preschool programs are hosted by the Associated Recreation Council (ARC) in partnership with Seattle Parks and Recreation for children ages 3 - 5.

Classrooms are set up with rich environments, fun-filled learning areas, consistent schedules and routines, and both large and small group times with a low-teacher child ratio of 1:8.

Programs run from September to June.

Vacancies are filled on a rolling basis.

Scholarships are based on household size and parent/guardian income and successful applicants receive a 40% to 90% subsidy as funds are available.

Families apply for scholarships once per year.

Use our website to locate the nearest community center ( or pool facility (

Fill out scholarship application ( Application is available in English, Chinese, Somali, Spanish, Vietnamese.


These preschool locations offer scholarships through Seattle Parks and Recreation or free preschool through the Pathway Preschool Program (


Alki Community Center

5817 SW Stevens St, Seattle, WA 98116



Ballard Community Center

6020 28th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107



Queen Anne Community Center

1901 1st Ave W, Seattle, WA 98119



These preschool locations offer scholarships through Seattle Parks and Recreation or affordable preschool through the Seattle Preschool Program (


Bitter Lake Community Center

13035 Linden Ave N, Seattle, WA 98133



Meadowbrook Community Center

10517 35th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125



These preschool locations offer scholarships through Seattle Parks and Recreation:


Discovery Park Environmental Learning Center, Nature Kids Preschool

3801 Discovery Park Blvd, Seattle, WA 98199



Green Lake Community Center

7201 East Green Lake Dr N, Seattle, WA 98115



Hiawatha Community Center

2700 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116



Jefferson Community Center

3801 Beacon Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108



Loyal Heights Community Center

2101 NW 77th St, Seattle, WA 98117



Magnolia Community Center

2550 34th Ave W, Seattle, WA 98199



Northgate Community Center

10510 5th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125



Visit ARC's website ( to learn more about Seattle Parks and Recreation Preschool Programs.


  • You have a 3 - 5 year old child who does not attend school

  • Your child is fully toilet trained (no diapers or pull-ups permitted)

  • Your child can attend a minimum of 60% of days for each program requested

  • You meet one of the following income requirements

  • -- You receive TANF/Welfare benefits

  • -- You qualify for the Utility Discount Program

  • -- Your family is at or under following income guidelines

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Stuff you'll need

  • Information about you and each member of your household (Name, Date of birth, Gender, Race/Ethnicity)

  • Proof of income for all adults. Provide a document that can prove your income. here are some examples:

  • -- Preferred: 1040 Income Tax form (most recent)

  • -- Gross paycheck stubs (1 month of 32+ hours or 2 months of 31 hours or less for all household before tax income)

  • -- Social Security benefits (SSI, Dependent, Disability, Survivor’s, or Retirement) statement or benefit checks

  • -- Cash benefits (TANF/Welfare) statement or benefits check

  • -- Unemployment Income statement or benefits check

  • -- Utility Discount program qualification - provide bill statement (qualifies up to 50% scholarship)

  • -- Retirement benefits (Pensions, Annuities, or IRA) statement

  • Proof of dependents. Documents that can prove your dependent eligibility include:

  • -- Preferred: 1040 Income Tax form (most recent)

  • -- Birth certificates for dependents


Contact your local Community Center:

How to apply

Download scholarship application on-line or request a copy in-person at any of our community centers or pool locations. -Application is available in English, Chinese, Somali, Spanish, Vietnamese.

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Printable application form:

Printable application here

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