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    Ninety three percent of Seattle public elementary schools have on-site programs.

    Programs offer fee-based before and after school, school break, and (usually) summer care for elementary school-aged children. Many also offer preschool for 3-5 year olds (full day or part day). These school-based programs are operated by licensed community care providers or Seattle Parks and Recreation/ Associated Recreation Council.

    Some programs are nationally accredited for high quality by the National After School Association (NAA), National Council on Accreditation-After school (COA) or the National Association for Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

    Benefits of School Based Programs

    • Schools and programs work together to support children’s learning and development through their alignment partnerships.
    • All programs reinforce learning through play-based activities.
    • All programs offer reading and/or homework support.
    • Preschool programs help children get ready for school.

    Preschool and Elementary Programs 

    View a list of providers in elementary schools

    For information on other programs please contact: Child Care Aware at (206) 329-5544.

    Need help paying for a program?

    Program Accreditation?

    Accreditation means a program has completed a rigorous self-study to ensure meeting high quality program standards, and an endorsement visit by a national accreditation organization.

    • National After School Association (programs serving school-age children)
    • National Association for the Education of Young Children

    Aligned community providers

    Read more about our Community Alignment Initiative and Provider Request for Proposal


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