City of Seattle opens Miller Annex preschool facility

Today, March 6, 2018, the City of Seattle announced the opening of a new preschool space adjacent to Miller Community Center. The Miller Annex is the result of a $3M partnership between Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Seattle Preschool Program to increase the quantity and accessibility of licensable preschool space in Seattle.

The Miller Annex center will be a part of the Seattle Preschool Program and serve 80 three and four-year-old children in this new location. Two classrooms will open in March 2018 and stay open throughout the summer.  All four classrooms will be open for the 2018-19 school year. Applications for the ’18 – ’19 school year will open on March 15 at www.seattle.gov/applyspp.

As part of the Seattle Preschool Program, Seattle voters set aside $8.5 million to support the expansion, renovation, or improvement of early education facilities to help ease the pressure on early learning providers to find usable space for preschool classrooms. The Department of Education and Early Learning invested $1.7 million of Seattle Preschool Program Levy funds for the Miller Annex tenant improvements.

The Miller Annex of Miller Community Center is owned by Seattle Parks and Recreation who contributed approximately $1.3 million in funding to significantly upgrade the facility.

The construction process consisted of substantial alterations to the core of the building, including seismic, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and energy-related improvements.

All four of the preschool classrooms will be operated by Launch, a provider who has been with Seattle Preschool Program since its first year. Launch (formerly named Community Day School Association) offers high quality preschool, before & after school, and summer programs for children ages 3-12.

Approved by voters in 2014, Seattle Preschool Program providers receive funding from the City, intensive coaching and training for their teachers, and
access to teacher education and facility improvement funds to offer high-quality early learning opportunities for Seattle’s four-year-olds and income eligible three-year-olds.

The Seattle Preschool Program helps prepare children to enter school with the skills they need to succeed. Research shows that children who attend high quality preschool programs have better academic and life outcomes: they’re more likely to have better grades, graduate, attend college, get a job, have higher lifetime wages and better mental and physical health.

 

 

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Seattle Parks and Recreation selects outdoor preschool providers and expands program to new sites

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) has selected Tiny Trees and Roots & Sky Nature School to operate outdoor preschool programs at select park sites. These providers were selected following the department’s issuance of a Notice of Interest (NOI) in Oct. 2017 for high quality outdoor preschools within select parks for the 2018-19 school year, and beyond. SPR intends to enter Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) discussions with the providers in January 2018.

 

For the last two years, SPR conducted a pilot to consider the feasibility of hosting outdoor preschools in some of Seattle’s parks. SPR permitted preschools at sites in four Seattle parks: Camp Long, Jefferson Park, John C. Little Park, and Carkeek Park. As part of SPR’s recent NOI process, we allowed potential providers to consider three of the four parks listed above and six additional parks for a total of nine park sites including Meadowbrook Park, Beer Sheva Park, Sam Smith Park, Lincoln Park, North Acres Park, Magnuson Park, Camp Long, Jefferson Park, and Carkeek Park.

 

“Outdoor preschool is completely in line with our mission at Seattle Parks and Recreation. We love how much it affirms livability, affordability, activation of park spaces, and installation of environmentalism at a young age,” said Christopher Williams, Deputy Superintendent for Seattle Parks and Recreation.

 

Roots & Sky Nature School has been selected to operate at Lincoln Park. This will be the first provider to operate at Lincoln Park as part of our pilot outdoor preschool project. Our intent to move into an agreement with Roots & Sky Nature School is contingent upon both their successful acceptance into the Seattle Preschool Program (pathway program) and acquisition of a business license. Community members are encouraged to attend a public meeting on Jan. 26 from 6 to 7 p.m. at Dakota Place (4304 SW Dakota St.) to ask questions and learn more about the program.

 

“The mission of Roots & Sky Nature School is to support a diversity of learners in developing a meaningful connection to the natural world and one another, as well as a sense of self-awareness, by providing all-weather opportunities to play, explore, experience, and interact in nature,” said Nicole Cobo, Founder of Roots & Sky Nature School. “Promoting clear, compassionate communication, while cultivating innate curiosity and wonder, we aim to foster the development of the whole child – physical, cognitive, emotional, social, and perceptual. When we take interest-led education outdoors, the sky truly is the limit.”

 

Tiny Trees, which has successfully operated at John C. Little Park, Jefferson Park, Camp Long and Carkeek Park since 2016, has been selected to operate programs at Carkeek East, Carkeek West, Meadowbrook, Jefferson, Camp Long North, Camp Long South, and Beer Sheva. Our intent to move into an agreement with Tiny Trees is contingent upon the provider maintaining good standing in the Seattle Preschool Program or Seattle Pathways Program.

 

“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Seattle Parks and the Seattle Preschool Program,” said Andrew A. Jay, CEO of Tiny Trees. “Over 60% of children in our Seattle Parks classrooms receive free tuition or financial assistance (plus a free Alaskan Fishermen rain suit!). Together with the City of Seattle we have created affordable, high quality classrooms where children receive a great education, and a joyful childhood. One full of play, adventure, and wonder in the natural world.”

 

SPR’s goal is to sponsor sites for high quality preschool in Seattle’s parks and ensure affordability, accessibility, and high quality by requiring providers participate in the City’s Preschool Program, which was approved by Seattle voters in 2014 to make preschool opportunities available for all Seattle 3- and 4-year-old children. Providing opportunities for families and children to connect to the natural world is in keeping with SPR’s values of supporting healthy people, a healthy environment and strong communities.

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Applications for free or low-cost preschool available now

The deadline for submitting an application for the Seattle Preschool Program has been extended from July 31 to August 10 at 5:00 p.m.

Families who apply by the deadline will be entered into the first round of selections for preschool enrollment.

Applications will be available in 14 languages during the extension period:

  • Amharic
  • Chinese – simplified
  • English
  • Khmer
  • Korean
  • Laotian
  • Oromo
  • Russian
  • Somali
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog
  • Thai
  • Tigrinya
  • Vietnamese

Families who apply by the deadline will be contacted by Friday, August 21, with the results. For more information, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/education/child-care-and-preschool/seattle-preschool-program.

Step Ahead Preschools Expand for 2014-2015 School Year

The Seattle Human Services Department today announced that Sound Child Care Solutions’ Hoa Mai Vietnamese Bilingual Preschool was awarded $229,972 in Families and Education Levy Step Ahead Preschool funding for 36 children. The program will open in Fall 2014 in the Mt. Baker neighborhood. Additional Step Ahead Preschool funds were also awarded for more children at three existing sites: Chinese Information and Service Center in the International District (8 children); Denise Louie Education Center in Beacon Hill ( 12 children) and Seed of Life Center for Early Learning and Preschool in Southeast Seattle (6 children). Funding award period is September 1, 2014 to August 31, 2015.

Seattle Preschool Program Public Hearing announced


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 5/28/2014

Council President Tim Burgess

Seattle Preschool Program Public Hearing announced

SeattleCity Council’s Select Committee on Preschool, chaired by Council President Tim Burgess,will host a public hearing at Jefferson Community Center at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 29. The Council is considering a ballot measure to ask Seattle voters whether to approve the creation of a voluntary, high-quality, affordable Seattle preschool program.

Each member of the public will have up to 2 minutes to address the committee, and public comment sign-up sheets will be available at 5 p.m. The committee will meet to further discuss the proposal on Friday, May 30 at 12 p.m.

WHAT:
Public Hearing on the Seattle Preschool Program

WHEN:
5:30 p.m., Thursday, May 29

WHERE:
Jefferson Community Center gymnasium
3801 Beacon Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98108

WHO:
Seattle City Councilmembers
Public

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