The City of Seattle Human Services Department (HSD) and the Seattle Office for Education (OFE) are seeking investment proposals from agencies/organizations interested in providing Step Ahead Preschool services to low-income children ages three and four and their families in Seattle. Approximately $2.4 million is available for the period of September 2012 – August 2013. All proposals must be received in person, by mail, or electronic submission by 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 12, 2012. For more information about the RFI, please go to HSD’s Funding Opportunities Web page.
Four Requests for Qualifications for the 2011 Families and Education Levy have been released by the Seattle Office for Education. Information sessions are scheduled for each RFQ starting on January 12. Registration is required. The submittal deadline is February 14, 2012. For more information, please see this Web page.
The City of Seattle is seeking candidates to fill eight citizen positions on the Families and Education Levy Oversight Committee. Approved by Seattle voters on November 8, the $232 million Levy will be effective from 2012 through 2018, providing funding for school readiness and early learning; academic achievement in elementary, middle and high schools; guidance and related support for college and career preparation; and student health services. For details, please see this news release.
Seattle was one of 27 cities showcased in a new report from the National League of Cities with funding from the Wallace Foundation. Seattle and 26 other cities were described as reaching an “advanced stage” in developing citywide out-of-school time systems, which include committed leadership from the mayor, city council, schools, community and out-of-school leaders; multi-year planning; reliable information; expanding participation and a commitment to quality. The report noted gains in academic outcomes, school attendance and graduation rates for students participating in high-quality afterschool programs. For more information see this Web site.
Enroll now in Seattle Public Schools kindergarten for 2012-13. The City of Seattle is partnering with Seattle Public Schools to host early kindergarten enrollment nights at seven elementary schools in Seattle this November, December and January. Families who attend will have a chance to meet school principals and hear from kindergarten teachers and family support workers about kindergarten transition and what to expect in kindergarten. For more information, please see this news release.
The following school and community partners will also join us this year: Child Care Resources, Powerful Schools, PTSA, Public Health- Seattle & King County, Seattle Public Library, Parent Leaders (Getting School Ready Teams) and Seattle Public Schools
|Kindergarten Transition/ Enrollment for Fall 2012-13 ENROLLMENT LOCATIONS|
|Beacon Hill Elementary School2025 14th Ave S., 98144 ● 206-252-2700||November 1||6 to 7:30 p.m.|
|Northgate Elementary School11725 1st Ave., N.E. 98115 ● 206-252-4180||November 10||6 to 7:30 p.m.|
|Highland Park Elementary1012 SW Trenton St., 98106 ● 206-252-8240||November 15||6 to 7:30 p.m.|
|Olympic Hills Elementary13018 20th Ave., N.E. 98125 ● 206-252-4300||December 7||6 to-7:30 p.m.|
|Leschi Elementary135 32nd Ave., 98122 ● 206-252-2950||January 10, 2012||6 to 7:30 p.m.|
|South Shore (PreK-8) School4800 S. Henderson St. 98118 ● 206.252.7600||January 24, 2012||6 to-7:30 p.m.|
|Bailey Gatzert Elementary1301 E. Yesler Way, 98122 ● 206-252-2810||January 26, 2012||6 to-7:30 p.m.|
|Please Note: The schools listed above may not be the school your child attends.|
Are you interested in helping to break the world record for one book read to the greatest number of children on one day, on October 6, 2011? Read for the Record, a partnership between Jumpstart for Young Children, the Pearson Foundation, and hundreds of nonprofit organizations and schools across the country, encourages record-breakers to spread the word that reading with a child before he or she enters kindergarten can improve his or her likelihood of graduating from high school by as much as 30 percent. For more information, please visit this Web site.
Joined by educators and children of Seattle’s La Escuelita Bilingual School, Mayor Mike McGinn announced today (Aug. 31) openings in the City of Seattle’s free and reduced-fee preschool programs. The Seattle Human Services Department is now enrolling 4-year-olds from low- to moderate-income families in free or low-cost, high-quality preschool programs. Step Ahead and the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) still have free or reduced-cost spaces available for more than 250 children at 21 sites in southeast and southwest Seattle this school year. Step Ahead is funded by the Seattle Families and Education Levy, and ECEAP is funded by the state of Washington. For more information about these programs — locations, eligibility and applications — call 206-386-1050. For more information please visit this Web site.
The Seattle Human Services Department’s Summer Food Service Program begins on Monday, June 27th at 90 sites throughout the city. Open from June 27th to Friday, August 26, the program provides free breakfasts, lunches and snacks for children and youth ages 1 through 18. The meals are served to children at approved sites where at least half the children are eligible for free or reduced-price school lunches For more information, please contact Javier Pulido, Program Coordinator, Human Services Department, at 206-386-1140 or email@example.com. For a KOMO TV report on the program, please click here. See this news release for details.
The City of Seattle’s Office for Education is sponsoring a series of more than 20 workshops beginning on June 23rd, 2011 for anyone interested in the implementation of the proposed Families & Education Levy renewal strategies. Registration is required. For a schedule of workshops see this Web link.
Beginning on March 1, 2011, the Seattle Human Services Department will realign its operations to better meet the needs of constituents and the community. The work of former divisions including Youth Development & Achievement, Early Learning & Family Support, and Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Prevention will be restructured to become two divisions: the Community Support & Self-Sufficiency Division and Youth & Family Empowerment Division. The Community Support & Self-Sufficiency Division will encompass all of HSD’s programs that assist individuals and families as they work toward self-sufficiency. The Youth & Family Empowerment Division will take a more holistic approach to providing services from early childhood to young adulthood, including paths to post-secondary training – college, vocational training, apprenticeships into skilled trades, or other employment. For more details about these and other changes please read this special edition of Life Lines newsletter.