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Preschool Programs
Application and enrollment information, and overview of the programs offered

Lake Washington preschool focuses on providing children and families with a successful first school experience. Families with a four-year-old child living within the boundaries of Lake Washington School District are eligible to apply for the preschool program. In some circumstances, three-year-olds are also eligible.

Lake Washington offers two preschool programs:

Head Start
Head Start is a federally funded comprehensive early childhood program offering services for the entire family and focuses on school readiness. Families whose income meets the federal poverty guidelines qualify for the Head Start component of the preschool program. The program is designed for children ages three and four, with priority for enrollment given to four year olds. Verification of income must be received before a family can be considered for placement in Head Start. A Family Support Specialist works with families to obtain all needed income documentation.

Head Start Preschool hours*
Morning classes: 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

*Times may vary slightly at individual schools.

Head Start Preschool Program

Ready Start
The Ready Start program offers a comprehensive early childhood learning experience. Classes include typically developing children from the community who attend Ready Start to receive a quality, general education preschool experience in preparation for Kindergarten, as well as students receiving special education. Our excellent preschool education is now offered through a fee-based program.

SNAPS (Students Needing Additional Programming Support) is a special education program serving eligible preschool students aged 3-5 with a primary diagnosis of autism. The SNAPS program is designed to supplement the LWSD preschool program and better meet the needs of students with autism and their families. It is an intensive, early intervention program that involves extensive evaluation, planning, and progress monitoring to help better prepare children for kindergarten entry.

Ready Start Preschool hours*
Morning classes: 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Afternoon classes: 12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

SNAPS hours
SNAPS students attend both Ready Start Preschool and SNAPS.

8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. or 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, in addition to Ready Start

*Times may vary slightly at individual schools.



SNAPS brochure

Program structure

For both preschool programs the school year begins in mid-September. Classes are located at elementary schools across the district. Students are assigned to the school nearest their home with available space. Average class size is 19 students. Preschoolers attend four days a week: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Preschool children and families have access to a variety of services, which may include:

  • Unique education experiences
  • Literacy program
  • Vision, hearing & developmental screenings
  • Parent education opportunities
  • Health and nutrition education for children & families

Classroom activities are based on the Opening the World of Learning (OWL) curriculum to prepare children for kindergarten.

More information on the Ready Start and Head Start preschool programs:

Contact information
Willows Special Services
Preschool / Head Start
15130 NE 95th Street
Redmond, WA 98052
Phone: (425) 936-1170





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