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Please visit the preschool program links below for more information.
Tacoma Public Schools’ early learning centers are community hubs for academic development and intervention services supporting families with birth to preschool-aged children. All of our early learning programs use research based curriculum with the goal of assuring students have the skills they need for success in kindergarten. Parents and guardians are encouraged to take part in family activities and volunteer in the classroom.
Programs offered at each center:
Madison Early Learning Center 3101 S 43rd St., Tacoma, WA 98409 - Early Head Start, Head Start preschool, Play to Learn
Willard Early Learning Center 3201 S. D St., Tacoma, WA 98418 - Head Start preschool, ECEAP preschool, Tacoma Children's Museum Play to Learn, CCDHL (Center for Childhood Deafness and Hearing Loss) Birth to Three and ChildFind
Hoyt Early Learning Center 2708 N Union Ave., Tacoma, WA 98407 - Peer Inclusion preschool, Tacoma Children's Museum preschool, North Tacoma Co-op preschool and ChildFind
McCarver Early Learning Center 3101 S 43rd St., Tacoma, WA 98409 - Peer Inclusion preschool, Head Start preschool, ChildFind and community partners
This four-day summer program is designed to help incoming kindergarten students feel confident and ready for success in school. Students have a chance to get familiar with their school and classroom and get to know their classmates and teacher before school officially starts.
In addition to preschool Hoyt and Willard offer a number of programs FREE to ALL Tacoma Public Schools families. These comprehensive screening and intervention programs help ensure all children receive the support they need to be successful in school.
Birth to Three is a comprehensive program with coordinators available to assist all Tacoma Public School families who have concerns about their infant or toddler’s development. For more information contact Willard Early Learning Center at
253-571-2610.ChildFind offers free screening for vision, hearing, motor coordination, language, learning and behavior skills for preschool aged children with a suspected disability. For more information contact Willard Early Learning Center at
253-571-2610.CCDHL (Center for Childhood Deafness & Hearing Loss) offers educational support and professional development services for educators serving children who are deaf or hard of hearing. For more information contact Willard Early Learning Center at
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