Seattle Preschool Program School Year 2020-2021 Preschool

The Department of Education and Early Learning (DEEL) is notifying early learning providers in Seattle of the opportunity to join the Seattle Preschool Program (SPP), funded by the City of Seattle 2018 Families, Education, Preschool and Promise (FEPP) Levy. The FEPP Levy aims to achieve educational equity, close opportunity gaps, and build a better economic future for Seattle students.

DEEL has approximately $1.8 million dollars in funding beginning in the school year 2020-21 that will award up to 8 new classrooms. These new classrooms will include a combination of classrooms identified through this RFI, expansion of existing SPP providers, and direct contracting with eligible entities.  

Geographic availability, as determined by the number of SPP providers per attendance area, and a provider's ability to offer special education inclusion or dual language programming as defined by DEEL, will be considered when approving expansion sites.  

Through this RFI, DEEL is seeking applicants that are new to contracting for publicly funded preschool.  

To be considered for funding, eligible applicants are invited to submit a complete RFI application by December 20, 2019.  DEEL will notify successful applicants in February 21, 2020 for investments beginning in July 2020 with the possibility of annual renewal through the 2025-26 school year.



Phase 1: Request for Investment*
Request for Investment (RFI) Release November 8, 2019
RFI Information Webinar Wednesday, November 20
3:00-4:30 p.m. Watch
Information Session 1 Thursday, November 21
4:30-6:00 p.m.
2100 Building, Art Room
2100 24th Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98144
Information Session 2 Monday, November 25
10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Broadview Library, Meeting Room
12755 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle, WA 98133
Last day to submit questions December 13, 2019
RFI Submission Deadline December 20, 2019 at 5pm
Phase 2: Evaluation*
Applications Reviewed and Rated January 17, 2020
Interviews/Site Visits  January 20-31, 2020
Notifications Issued to Applicants February 21, 2020

RFI in Word: Download
RFI in PDF: Download
Frequently asked questions (FAQ)  View
SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION Applications may be submitted electronically or in paper form. All attachments must be received on or before  5 P.M., Friday, December 20, 2019.  

How and where to submit: Electronic submissions 

Deliver to: 
  • Please use the following naming convention in the subject line of your email and for the electronic files attached:    
[Organization Name] - Seattle Preschool Program - RFI Application Example: ABC Organization - Seattle Preschool Program - RFI Application  
By Mail:

Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning 
Seattle Preschool Program - RFI Application  
PO Box 94665 
Seattle, WA 98124-6965 
By Hand:

Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning 
Seattle Preschool Program - RFI Application  
Seattle Municipal Tower 700 5th Ave, Floor 17 
Seattle, WA 98104 
Email Subject:  Question_ Seattle Preschool Program - RFI Application
Please email: 

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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