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    Seattle Public Schools Head Start programs are for children ages three and four. Students must reach the age of three or four by August 31st prior to enrollment. Our services include:

    • A school readiness, literacy and math based early childhood education program
    • An individual education plan for each child 
    • Door-to-door transportation
    • Individualization for students with special needs and disabilities
    • Interpreter support for children with limited English skills 
    • Meals and/or snacks


    • The curriculum and assessments are aligned with K-12 standards 
    • Transition to Kindergarten is effective because the child is familiar with the school environment   
    • Families and children become involved in the school that the child will attend
    • Preschool children can attend the same school as their siblings 
    • Families have access to other resources in the school and community


    Seattle Public Schools has 9 Head Start locations at elementary schools throughout the Seattle school district. To find out about a program near you, call (206) 252-0960, Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

    Full-day Programs

    • Full -day programs operate Monday-Friday from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm during the school year.
    • They follow the school calendar and are closed when Seattle schools are closed.
    • Breakfast, lunch and snack are served. 
    • Door-to-door transportation is provided.

    Sites: Broadview-Thomson, Olympic Hills, Roxhill and West Seattle Elementary

    Half-day Programs

    • Half-day programs are open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday during the school year.
    • They follow the school calendar and are closed when Seattle schools are closed.
    • The hours vary from school to school but are typically 8:30 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm.
    • Breakfast/snack or lunch/snack are provided. Door-to-door transportation is provided.

     Sites: Martin Luther King Jr., Broadview-Thomson, Concord, Dunlap, Emerson, Northgate, Olympic Hills  and Roxhill


    Parent Support

    Our Head Start program offers many family engagement activities such as:

    • Participation in Parent Center Meetings
    • Parent Leadership and governance of the Head Start program, such as the Policy Council
    • Training opportunities in topics related to child development, nutrition and health
    • Volunteering in the program or child’s classroom
    • Transition to Kindergarten and registration
    • School transition activities such as open house and school tours.

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