Mayor Murray, along with Councilmember Debora Juarez and the Department of Education and Early Learning (DEEL), announced the Seattle Preschool Program (SPP) will add 20 new classrooms for the 2017-2018 school year, bringing the total number of classrooms to 53. The program will expand to serve more than 1,000 three and four-year old students, compared to roughly 600 students in the program today. The new classrooms expand the geographic diversity of SPP by adding seven classrooms in North Seattle.
Over the last decade, research has shown that investments in high-quality early learning lead to better academic results and lives for children and families. Early learning helps prepare children to enter school with the skills they need to succeed – and is one of the best ways to eliminate race-based disproportionalities in achievement, opportunities, and outcomes.