Pathway to Seattle Preschool Program

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Pathway provides full- and half-day high-quality preschool programs for low-income 3- and 4-year-olds. Part-day Pathway programs provide a 3½ hour instructional day for children, 4 to 5 days a week from September to June.  Full-day Pathway programs provide 6 or more hours a day for children, 5 days a week from September to June. Pathway uses a research-based curriculum that is aligned with Washington State early learning guidelines and Common Core standards.

Teachers provide daily opportunities for children to improve skills in language and literacy, math concepts, science, social studies, arts, physical development, and social and emotional development.

  • Teachers with degrees in Early Childhood Education
  • Small class sizes
  • Enriched classroom environments
  • Continuing education required for teachers
  • Help with kindergarten enrollment and transition
  • Bilingual programs and teaching staff

Pathway Eligibility Requirements

  • Children must be three or four years old by August 31st of participating year
  • Families must live within Seattle city limits


Tuition is free for children from families earning less than 94% of the state median income (or 350% of the federal poverty level). Tuition is offered on a sliding scale for families earning more than that, calculated by household size and income. View current rates for Pathway programs based on state median income levels below:

Rates for full-day programs
Rates for part-day programs

Pathway Application Process

Pathway programs are run by community-based organizations and schools, and are located in or near elementary schools. To enroll, contact the following preschools directly: 

Associated Recreation Council (ARC), part-day 
Queen Anne Community Center
(206) 386-4240

Hilltop Children's Center - Fremont, full-day 
3601 Fremont Ave N. 
(206) 283-3100

West African Community Center, full-day 
One Family Learning Center - Brighton
(206) 913-2538

Education and Early Learning

Dwane Chappelle, Director
Address: 700 5th Ave, Suite 1700, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 94665, Seattle, WA, 98124-6965
Phone: (206) 233-5118
Phone Alt: Childcare and Preschool: (206) 386-1050
Fax: (206) 386-1900

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