Head Start

​​​Head Start is a federally funded no-cost preschool program that promotes school readiness of preschoolers in a safe, healthy, enriching learning community.  In every Head Start classroom, social and cognitive development is enhanced through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and families.

Classroom time is filled with engaging activities designed to help preschoolers develop important school readiness skills.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

About​ Head Start:​

  • FREE preschool
  • 5 days a week, Monday-Friday (every other Friday off)
  • Class time 3 ½ hours, 9:00 am to 12:30 pm
  • 3 years old before September 1
  • Enrollment based on income eligibility
  • Available only to children living within TPS boundaries
Find out more information by calling  253-571-2620​

CircleTime PreK.jpg​​Social/Emotional Skills

Regulating emotions and behaviors; following limits and expectations and taking care of own needs appropriately



Large motor development (running hopping, balancing) and fine motor development (using fingers and hands for cutting, drawing, writing)


GroupWork PreK.jpg​​Language

Using increasingly complex language to express thoughts and ideas in conversations and discussions; understand and follow directions.


Building PreK.jpg​​Cognitive

Attending and engaging in self-selected or assigned tasks; solving problems; remembering and connecting experiences; and classifying


Reading PreK.jpg​​Literacy

Rhyming, mathcing sounds, identifying letters and sounds; using and comprehending stories; using writing and print to represent ideas



Counting; quantifying; connecting numerals with their quantities; spatial relationships and shapes; patterning; comparing and measuring.


  • Arlington Elementary
  • Bay Terrace Head Start
  • Birney Elementary
  • Blix Elementary
  • Downing Elementary
  • Edison Elementary
  • Fern Hill Elementary
  • Franklin Elementary
  • Geiger Elementary
  • Lister Elementary
  • Lyon Elementary
  • Madison Early Learning Center
  • Mann Elementary
  • Manitou Elementary
  • McCarver Elementary
  • Pt. Defiance Elementary
  • Reed Elementary
  • Roosevelt Elementary
  • Whitman Elementary
  • Willard Early Learning Center