Department of Education and Early Learning Spring 2022 Newsletter

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Spring 2022 Newsletter, Volume 3, Issue 1

Applications for Seattle Preschool Program are open now!

Applications for the Seattle Preschool Program are open now for the 2022-2023 school year!

March 15th marked the first day of the application period for the City's award-winning preschool program. This year, Seattle Preschool Program (SPP) will expand with seven additional classrooms and 144 additional seats to provide affordable, high-quality preschool to more Seattle families. Two of the new classrooms will offer dual-language programming and two will offer SPP Plus, which provides inclusive programming for children with disabilities. Read the full press announcement here.

The Seattle Preschool Program (SPP) is funded by the Families, Education, Preschool and Promise Levy and offered in partnership with community-based preschool providers and Seattle Public Schools. SPP provides preschool with the goal that all Seattle children will be kindergarten-ready. SPP is open to 3- and 4-year-olds living in Seattle, and most families qualify for free or highly subsidized tuitionTranslated applications and assistance to complete the application process is available in many languages. Families can access support and translation by contacting DEEL at 206-386-1050 or email

Learn more and apply for Seattle Preschool Program here.

Investment and Program Features

Take Action on the Cost of Child Care Survey

Washington State Is Seeking Feedback From Child Care Providers to Inform New Cost Of Care Study

DEEL is partnering with King County, Washington State Department of Children, Youth & Families and Washington State Department of Commerce to better understand the true cost of providing child care in Seattle. To help ensure the study is successful, child care providers are encouraged to complete this survey by April 15. More information about the study can be found here.

Atlantic Street Center youth perform a dance that honored the life and bravery of Harriet Tubman.

Fabrics of Our Lives: Atlantic Street Center Youth Celebrate Black History

The play highlighted art, culture, and important moments in American history through tributes to Black civil rights activists, the Harlem Renaissance, Harriet Tubman, the Black Panthers and boy bands of the 1980's to name only a few. 

DEEL Invests Over $440K in Community-Driven Programs Supporting Black Girls, Young Women, and Black Queer and Transgender Youth

DEEL Invests Over $440K in Community-Driven Programs Supporting Black Girls, Young Women, and Black Queer and Transgender Youth

Six community-based organizations were approved for funding to provide culturally-responsive programs designed to support Black girls and Black Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer youth with leadership skills, mentorship, dedicated safe spaces and mental wellness services. 

Photo provided by Tilth Alliance, showing a Seattle Preschool Program student picking up his family’s Good Food Bag.

Photo provided by Tilth Alliance showing a Seattle Preschool Program student picking up his family’s Good Food Bag.

HSD Announces Farm to Table Support Services Funding Opportunity 

The Youth and Family Empowerment Division of the Seattle Human Services Department is seeking applications from organizations and farmers interested in food equity for Seattle Preschool Programs serving low-income families. 

Department Features

DEEL Distributes Thousands of COVID-19 Safety Supplies to Early Learning and Child Care Providers 

OneSeattle means working together to help keep classrooms safe. DEEL continues to support early learning and child care providers with COVID-19 safety supplies needed to minimize the risk of COVID-19 in early learning environments.

Two child care providers smile for a photo at DEEL's mask giveaway event with boxes of PPE supplies in their hands.

In January and February, DEEL distributed over 25K masks and 2.5K rapid COVID-19 test kits to DEEL's partner child care and early learning providers!  Thank you to our partners at Washington State Department of Health, Public Health-Seattle King County, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, Seattle Finance and Administrative Services, Seattle Office of Emergency Management, and Tzu Chi USA for generously donating these supplies.

Caption: From left to right, the image depicts Hawa of Boru Family Childcare, and Marthe of Le Jardin Day Care and Preschool at DEEL’s mask pick-up event holding boxes of PPE supplies in their hands.   

COVID-19 Updates and Vaccines for Youth Ages 5+

Vaccination provides important protection against the COVID-19 virus and related complications. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends COVID-19 vaccination to help protect against COVID-19 and help to prevent severe illness, hospitalization, and death. COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective and free. Eighty-one percent of Seattle Public Schools (SPS) students have received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine and 74% are fully vaccinated.

Click this link to view updated COVID-19 information and resources on Public Health – Seattle King County’s website.  

Visit the SPS COVID information hub to find the latest info on school closure/transitions to remote learning, quarantine requirements, and COVID case numbers. 

DEEL's Handbook For Health Heroes

Coming Soon: 

In partnership with Public Health-Seattle King County, DEEL is creating a Handbook for Health Heroes comic book!  The pandemic has changed a lot about the way we live and has left many of us with lots of questions – especially about COVID-19 vaccines for kids. This comic book will answer some of the most common questions families have about vaccines and will be available later this spring.

DEEL will share the Handbook for Health Heroes in a future newsletter when it becomes available. 

Student and Family Resources

Apply for CCAP Today!

Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP)

CCAP pays for child care costs for children ages one month to 12 years old for income-eligible working families or families with a parent attending school. Families receive a monthly voucher for child care that can be used at any one of the City's more than 200 participating CCAP providers. For more information, visit 

Get Your Child Tax Credit


Claim Your Child Tax Credit!

Tax relief is available for working families who claim the Child Tax Credit! Up to $3,000 or $3,600 is available per child for families with children under age 17. All working families will get the full credit if they make up to $150,000 for a couple or $112,500 for a family with a single parent. 
In-person and virtual tax help is available through Seattle Public Libraries, United Way and AARP. Learn more about how to access tax help here. 

Complete and submit your FAFSA/WAFSA


Complete And Submit Your FAFSA and WAFSA  

Now is the time for high school seniors and Seattle Promise scholars to be working on FAFSA and WAFSA applications.  

Families can attend upcoming Seattle Colleges Financial Aid workshops, connect with their school counselor, or reach out to Seattle Promise High School Support Team. 

Secure your Fall 2022 SYEP Internship!


Secure Your Fall Internship with SYEP 

Youth seeking paid internships and opportunities to explore careers of interest are encouraged to attend Seattle Youth Employment Program’s (SYEP) virtual information sessions to find out more about Fall 2022 opportunities on April 14! Register for your spot today.

DEEL Investments In The News

Mayor Harrell kicks off application period for 2022-23 Seattle Preschool Program

Mayor Harrell kicks off application period for 2022-23 Seattle Preschool Program

Mayor Bruce Harrell joined DEEL and early learning partners to announce the opening of applications for the City's award-winning Seattle Preschool Program (SPP) for the 2022-2023 school year. 

Director Chappelle appears on Converge's Morning Update Show

Seattle Preschool Program on the Converge Morning Update Show

Director Chappelle joined Trae Holiday to discuss the importance of high-quality early learning opportunities and the opening of applications for the Seattle Preschool Program.

Impacting The Classroom Podcast: Investing in Quality Child Care For All!

Investing In The Future of Quality Child Care For All

Tune in to Teachstone's Impacting the Classroom podcast to hear one of DEEL's very own Birth-to-Three Program and Policy Advisors, Tiffany Lee, discuss the importance of investing in child care and federal legislation that may lead to more funding for early childhood programs.

Villa Comunitaria Looks Back On 2021 And Forward To Their Family Early Learning Cooperative

Seattle’s Academy for Rising Educators aims to fill a critical classroom need

City Announces Open Enrollment And Expansion Of Seattle Preschool Program

Funding Opportunities

Announcing DEEL's 2022 Funding Opportunities!

Announcing DEEL’s 2022 Funding Opportunities:  

A preview of DEEL’s upcoming funding opportunities is available now on our website! View our 2022 Notice of Funding Availability to view a description of each opportunity, who is eligible to apply and anticipated release dates. More information will be posted on DEEL’s funding opportunities page near each release date.  

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