SEATTLE -- Mayor Ed Murray is unveiling final plans for universal pre-K eight months after voters approved a $58 million, 4-year pilot program.
Four providers will offer full-day preschool for 3 and 4-year-old children in 12 classrooms starting in September. The program will serve about 230 students. The goal is to have a 10-to-1 teacher to student ratio.
Murray is announcing final details of the plan at Causey's Learning Center at 23rd Avenue and East James Street in Seattle -- one of the four provider locations.
In the first years of the pilot program, the selected provider locations are in poorer neighborhoods and have a track record of serving diverse populations -- those that stand to gain the most from a pre-K program.
Each provider must be licensed by the Washington State Department of Early Learning, meet minimum quality levels through Washington's Early Achievers rating system, and operate two or more classrooms.
Families interested in more information or an application for the child to participate in the Seattle Preschool Program should contact the Department of Education and Early Learning at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (206) 684-3942.