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.
The five-part series “Our City, Our Schools” premiered this week on the Seattle Channel. The series chronicles levy programs that help bolster student success in school. For details visit this Web site. One of HSD’s Step Ahead preschools, South West Early Learning Preschool, is featured in the series.
This week, Mayor Mike McGinn announced the award of $470,000 in funding from the 2011 Families and Education Levy for investments in early learning at three Seattle preschools as part of the City of Seattle’s Step Ahead preschool program.
The 2011 funding increases slots at one existing Levy-funded preschool, Denise Louie Education Center in Seattle’s Beacon Hill neighborhood, and adds two preschools to the Step Ahead program, Seed of Life LLC (southeast Seattle), and Puget Sound Educational Service District (southwest Seattle). The Levy now funds a total of 20 preschool sites operated by 11 community agencies. The Seattle Human Services Department administers the Step Ahead preschool program. For more details, see this news release.
The Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) is now enrolling for the 2013-14 school year. The program is funded by Washington State Department of Early Learning and the City of Seattle. ECEAP is a free half-day preschool program for 4-year-olds whose families live or work in Seattle.
- Our preschools prepare your child for kindergarten.
- Our preschools honor family, culture and language.
- Our preschools help develop the skills and love for learning that lead to success in school and in life.
For more information call the Seattle Human Services Department at 206-386-1050.
Slots are now available for high-quality, low-cost preschool for the 2013-2014 school year through HSD’s Step Ahead Preschool Program funded through the Families & Education Levy.. Step Ahead preschools are located in numerous locations in Seattle. Step Ahead teachers have degrees in early childhood education and receive continuing education. Schools feature small class sizes and enriched learning environments. Bilingual programs and staff are available.
- Children must be three or four years old by August 31, 2013
- Families must live in Seattle city limits
- Parents must be employed/training
- Must meet the income guidelines based on family size
Call 386-1050 for more information or visit this Web site.
Once again, research has shown the vital importance of preschool to the future success of children in kindergartent, elementary school … and beyond. See this excellent article in the New York Times.
The Seattle Human Services Department is partnering with Seattle Public Schools and the Seattle Early Education Collaborative to host early kindergarten enrollment nights at several Seattle elementary schools through mid-January 2013. For a list of enrollment night locations, please see this news release.
The Seattle Human Services Department (HSD), in its coordinating role for the Seattle Early Education Collaborative, has announced seven early enrollment opportunities for kindergarten 2013-2014. Seattle Public Schools, SEEC, and preschools funded by HSD have partnered to provide culturally responsive support for families enrolling their children into kindergarten. Child care, dinner, interpreters, resources, technical assistance, and translation of materials, will be provided. Seven enrollment nights at various school locations begin on November 1st and run through January 15th, 2013. For a list of early enrollment dates and locations, please see this flier.
The Seattle Human Services Department is seeking proposals for two new funding opportunities:
- A Request for Investment (RFI) for community organizing and leadership development activities with immigrants, refugees and other communities of color. Approximately $100,000 in General Funds are available. Applications are due on November 15th, 2012. Initial awards will be made for the period of January 1, 2013 to June 30, 2013.
- Request for Investment (RFI) for services that promote the psychological, social and physical well-being of children served in the Step Ahead preschool program, which is funded through the Families & Education Levy. Approximately $200,400 from the 2011 Families & Education Levy is available. Applications are due on November 8th, 2012. Funding awards will be made for the period, January 1st, 2013 to August 31st, 2013.
For more information on both of these RFIs, please visit this Web site.
Results for the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for 2012-2013 Professional Development for early education providers, Family Friends and Neighbors (FFNs) and school-age care programs and educators have been announced. See below. Funded with $964,830 from the Families & Education Levy, this RFQ was first issued in July 2012 with proposals due on August 17th, 2012.
Professional Development RFQ results (listed by section) :
- Assessments: No successful bidder
- Coaching and Mentoring :
- Child Care Resources (early learning educators)
- Schools Out Washington (school-age care providers)
- Professional and Career Training:
- Child Care Resources (early learning educators)
- Chinese Information & Service Center (Family Friends and Neighbors-FFNs)
- Schools Out Washington: (school-age care providers)
- College Level Coursework and Continuing Education : No successful bidder