Lake Washington School District Preschool Program

The Lake Washington Preschool Program offers a comprehensive early childhood learning experience. Classes include typically developing children from the community who attend the Lake Washington Preschool Program to receive a quality, general education preschool experience in preparation for kindergarten, as well as students receiving special education. Our excellent preschool education is offered through a tuition-based program. Students in the tuition-based program are registered based on available space. Students qualifying for special education or students at risk based on income level do not pay a fee for attendance. Non-tuition student selection is based on completion of a Head Start application.

Lake Washington Preschool Program Information:

  • Each classroom has:
    • One Special Education Teacher
    • One General Education Lead Teacher
    • One Para Educator
  • Additional staff serves classrooms based on individual student needs, including:
    • Occupational therapist
    • Speech and language pathologist
    • Physical therapist
  • The staff works together to provide the best environment for learning for all of the children.
  • Instruction is taught from research-based general pre-K curriculum.

The Lake Washington Preschool Program offers a comprehensive early childhood learning experience for 3- and 4-year-olds who live within the district boundary. Lake Washington Preschool Program provides students with a quality, general-education preschool experience that prepares them for kindergarten. This program also serves students who are eligible to receive special education services.

Children with birthdays between September 1, 2018 and August 31, 2020, are eligible to participate in this program. Each class has one special education teacher, one general education lead teacher and one para educator. Class size range from 15-18 students.

Preschool students attend class four days per week. Classes are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. The morning class is from 8:40 - 11:10 a.m. and the afternoon class is from 12:10 - 2:40 p.m.

Program locations are:

  • Kirkland: Bell Elementary, Juanita Elementary, Sandburg Elementary
  • Redmond: Old Redmond Schoolhouse, Wilder Elementary
  • Sammamish: Carson Elementary

Registration for the tuition-based Lake Washington Preschool Program is handled at the Old Redmond Schoolhouse. The cost of the program for the 2023-24 school year is $4,750 ($475 per month). Upon confirmation of classroom enrollment, a $475 deposit will be required.

Developmental Delays/Special Education Eligible

Children who have a disability that adversely impacts their education may be eligible for services and/or placement in a preschool classroom, including transportation. The district’s Child Find department provides developmental evaluations to determine if a child has a disability that qualifies him/her for services. Children are eligible if they are at least 3 years old and have qualifying scores on the assessment in one or more of the following areas:

  • Cognitive
  • Communication
  • Fine motor
  • Gross motor
  • Social/emotional
  • Adaptive skills

If you are concerned that your child may have developmental delays, contact Child Find at 425-936-2846 to determine if an assessment is appropriate for your child.

To register for the tuition-based program

  • Children must be 3 or 4 years of age to attend. 
  • Immunizations must be current.
  • Tuition: $4,750 ($475 monthly payments September - May). Upon confirmation of classroom enrollment, a $475 deposit will be required.
  • The district offers two payment options: 
    • Prepayment for the full year
    • Payment made monthly through the use of an automated clearing house (ACH)
  • Parents will be responsible for the child's transportation.


Contact Us

Preschool Registration Questions?
Contact: Nichole Townsend
Preschool Registrar

Concerns about your child’s development or been referred for an evaluation?
Contact: Linda Pankow, Child Find Coordinator

For more information on the Head Start preschool program:
Contact: Sudipta Young
425-936-2812 x52847

Kim Brenner
Director of Early Learning

Old Redmond Schoolhouse
16600 NE 80th St.
Redmond, WA 98052