Education and Child Care

Seattle Preschool Program

Seattle Preschool Program offers high-quality, affordable preschool to all Seattle 3- and 4-year-olds. Students engage in a full-time, research-based curriculum taught by certificated staff in a positive school climate and early childhood learning environment.

Department of Education & Early Learning (DEEL)

How it works

Seattle Preschool Programs partners with schools and child care providers to offer preschool for 6 hours per day, 5 days per week (schedules may vary under COVID-19). Extended care is available at some sites.

Programs run from September to June.

  • We are currently accepting applications for the 2022-2023 school year through March 15, 2023.

Tuition is based on household size and parent/guardian income and can be free or on a sliding scale.


*Staff will not ask information about immigration status

  • You live within Seattle city limits (residents living in unincorporated King County are not eligible)
  • You have a child age 3 or 4 by August of the participating year
  • You may be eligible for free or reduced tuition if: You meet the income guidelines based on family size. Calculate your expected tuition

Stuff you'll need


Call: (206) 386-1050


How to apply

Application is available in English, Amharic, Chinese, Oromo, Somali, Spanish, Tigrinya and Vietnamese; by email, by fax, or by mail:

Apply online:

Apply online here

Printable application form:

Printable application here

Apply by email:

Apply by mail:

PO Box 94665

Seattle, WA 98124-6965

Apply by phone:

(206) 386-1050 (Monday to Friday, 8 AM - 4:30 PM, except holidays)

Apply in-person

Due to COVID-19 mitigation, in-person applications cannot be accepted at this time. Please contact us via phone if you need different support.

Apply by fax:

(206) 233-7152