Schools emphasize habits that reduce waste during Earth Day

Lake Washington is a recognized leader in sustainability practices and education. Schools around the district encourage students to actively participate in sustainable practices with special events in April to celebrate Earth Day on April 22.



Head Start Preschool Program

What is Head Start?

Head Start is a federally funded program that offers services for the entire family. The heart of our Head Start program is preschool classes for children. The high quality preschool experience provided is aimed at kindergarten readiness. Children participate in learning activities including social development and problem-solving. They receive developmental screenings, nutritious hot meals, health screenings and follow-up.

Each classroom has at least two skilled and trained teachers who work with parents to design individual learning plans for each child. If children qualify for special education services, the services are provided as part of the preschool day. Parents are encouraged to volunteer in the classroom and to extend their child's learning and growth at home.

Each classroom is also staffed with a Family Support Specialist. Parents of Head Start children are encouraged to set goals for themselves and their families, and they receive assistance in meeting these goals. Depending on individual family needs, parents may receive assistance with employment and training, parenting skills, leadership development and social services.

How students qualify for services

The program is federally funded and free to eligible families. 90% of the program's enrollment is reserved for families whose income is at or below the poverty level, while 10% is available to children facing other challenges, including disabilities.

How to apply for Head Start Preschool:

To apply for Head Start Preschool, parents/guardians must:

  1. Complete a preschool application. (Spanish preschool application).
  2. Provide verification of income as indicated on the application.
  3. Make sure the child is up-to-date on required immunizations.

You can also call the Preschool Office at 425-936-1170 to receive an application.

Completed applications can be mailed to:

A.G. Bell Elementary School
C/O: Preschool FSS
11212 NE 112th St
Kirkland, WA 98033

How children are selected for preschool

Selection is based on several criteria including family concerns, concerns for the child and level of family income. First priority is given to families who meet these criteria. All other applicants receive placement based on available space.