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City expands Seattle Preschool Program, hopes to enroll 1,000 this fall


March 17, 2017
Joel Connelly
Komo News
Seattle is expanding its universal preschool pilot program, with plans to serve more than 1,000 3- and 4-year old students, up from the current 600 enrolled in a program approved by voters in 2014.
The city will add 20 new classrooms for the 2017-18 school year, bringing the total to 53. The new programs are expected to grow the geography diversity of the Seattle Preschool Program (SPP). Seven of the new classrooms will be in North Seattle.

Mayor Ed Murray has described the preschool program as the most important initiative he will ever undertake in office.

“The goal is universal pre-K, so no matter your economic status or circumstance, children have access to high-quality early education,” Murray said in announcing the expansion.

The program is run, in cooperation with but independent of the Seattle School District, by the city’s Department of Education and Early Learning (DEEL).