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Application and enrollment information, and overview of the preschool programs offered in LWSD

Please Note: Start and end times have been adjusted for the 2017-18 school year. This adjustment is due to the fact that Lake Washington is experiencing a significant bus driver shortage. Unfortunately, this shortage is a nationwide phenomenon and not one we can easily solve. Our Transportation Services and Special Services teams worked together on this preschool change, which enables us to ensure all students who qualify for transportation services, including preschool students, will have transportation to and from school.

Ready Start Preschool Program now accepting applications
Lake Washington School District's Ready Start Preschool Program started accepting tuition-base applications for the 2017-18 school year on March 21. Limited space is still available at some locations. Please contact the preschool registrar at 425-936-1226 for more information.

Read more about the Ready Start Preschool Program

Three preschool students work on a project.

Lake Washington preschool focuses on providing children and families with a successful first-school experience. Families with a 4-year-old child living within the boundaries of Lake Washington School District are eligible to apply for the preschool program. In some circumstances, 3-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 3 and 4, with priority for enrollment given to 4-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: 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Afternoon classes: 12:30 – 4 p.m. (A.G. Bell site only)

*Times may vary slightly at individual schools.

Learn more about the 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.

Ready Start Preschool hours*

Morning classes: 10 a.m.– 12:30 p.m.
Afternoon classes: 1:30 – 4 p.m.

*Times may vary at individual schools.

Learn more about the Ready Start Preschool Program

SNAPS

Students Needing Additional Programming Support (SNAPS) is a special education program serving eligible preschool students ages 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.

SNAPS hours:*

SNAPS students attend both Ready Start Preschool and SNAPS.

10 a.m.–1:30 p.m. or 12:30 - 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, in addition to Ready Start

*Times may vary slightly at individual schools.

Learn more about the SNAPS Program

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 and families

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

Preschool


Contact Us

Paul Vine
Director, Special Services
pvine@lwsd.org
425-936-1201

More information on Ready Start and Head Start preschool programs:

A.G. Bell Elementary School
Preschool/Head Start
11212 NE 112th Street
Kirkland, WA 98033
Phone: 425-936-1170, option 2 for Preschool
Email: LWSDpreschool@lwsd.org