City of Seattle
Seattle Preschool Action Plan
In September 2013, the Seattle City Council unanimously passed its Preschool for All Resolution (Resolution 31478), endorsing voluntary, high-quality preschool for all 3- and 4-year-olds. BERK worked with Dr. Steven Barnett, Dr. Ellen Frede, and Columbia City Consulting to develop program recommendations building from the resolution, previous research and efforts, stakeholder outreach and evidence-based practices.
The recommendations addressed nine programmatic features, including staff education requirements, student eligibility, and curricula; timeline to full program implementation; accountability, oversight, and evaluations, and the financial implications. BERK built a financial model designed to estimate potential costs and revenues associated with the program and to allow for evaluation of alternative options for delivering high quality preschool.
In June 2014, the City Council unanimously approved the Seattle Preschool Program. In November 2014, Seattle voters passed Proposition 1B in support of the Preschool Program. The City will now take the first steps toward universal and affordable preschool.