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Early Learning in Washington State

OSPI Early Learning works closely with Department of Children, Youth, and Families to align educational opportunities for young children from birth through 3rd grade throughout our public school system.

State-Funded Full-Day Kindergarten

Beginning in the 2016-17 school year all schools will be eligible for state funds for full-day kindergarten.

Transitional Kindergarten

Transitional Kindergarten (TK) is a kindergarten program for children, below the age of five, who do not have access to high-quality early learning experiences prior to kindergarten. Additionally, they have been deemed by a school district, through a screening process and/or other instrument(s), to be in need of additional preparation to be successful in kindergarten the following year. 

WaKIDS-Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills

WaKIDS is a transition process that helps to ensure a successful start to the K-12 experience and connect the key adults in a child's life. It is a required element of state-funded full-day kindergarten.

Early Learning & Development Guidelines: Birth Through 3rd Grade

Released in 2012, these guidelines describe behaviors and skills that children may demonstrate birth through grade 3, and how you as a parent or early learning professional can support their healthy development.

Washington State Early Learning Plan

The Early Learning Plan is our state's roadmap for building an early learning system.

Early Learning STEM Lessons

The Early Learning STEM lessons are designed for educators, teachers, and childcare providers to use with children between the ages of 3-5.

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