Children learn from the day they are born. Young children who take part in early learning programs do better later in elementary school, middle school, and high school.
You can enroll your child in Play & Learn groups, preschools, Head Start, and other programs before they reach age 5. These programs help children:
- Prepare for school
- Make friends
- Gain learning skills they need to do well in school
Call Childcare Resources at (206) 329-5544 to learn more about Play & Learn groups and other programs for children younger than age 5. Call your local school district for Head Start information.
After-school Learning Programs
Learning does not end when the school day is over. You can enroll your child in after-school learning programs that include math, reading, technology, science, music, and art. These activities help children learn and have fun, and are available from kindergarten through high school. Contact your local school to learn more about after-school programs in your area.
Moving with Children
You can help your child do well in school by keeping them at the same school until summer, when they are between grades. Research shows that children who change schools during the school year tend not to perform as well as those who do not, because they:
- Fall behind in their studies and take a long time to catch up
- Have to get used to new teachers and new rules
- Have to make new friends and may feel left out
If your family wants to move to a community with high performing schools, our Community Choice Program may be able to help. Email Tiffany Ngo for information. To learn more about an area's schools on your own, visit GreatSchools. The site lets you compare schools based on test scores, class sizes, parent reviews, and more.