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.
Beginning in the 2016-17 school year all schools will be eligible for state funds for full-day 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 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.
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.
The Early Learning Plan is our state's roadmap for building an early learning system.
The Early Learning STEM lessons are designed for educators, teachers, and childcare providers to use with children between the ages of 3-5.