Early Learning Programs

​Do you have a 3 or 4 year old?  Then we have a preschool program for you!

Tacoma Public Schools is committed to early learning and we offer six preschool programs at more than 30 locations​​ throughout the district available to families that reside within the Tacoma school district boundaries. Each program is unique while providing common curriculum that helps prepare students for success in kindergarten and beyond.​

FREE Preschoo​l Programs

ECEAP (Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program)

This comprehensive preschool program provides free services and support to eligible, low-income children and their families. Services include early learning preschool, family support, child health coordination and nutrition.  Children must be 3 years of age on or before August 31 for Fall Enrollment.


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. Children must be 3 years of age on or before August 31 for Fall enrollment. 


Peer Inclusion

This language rich program allows children to play and learn together with peers who have developmental delays. Preschoolers will learn a variety of skills that will prepare them for kindergarten and beyond. Children must be 3 years of age on or before March 31st for Fall enrollment. 


Title I 

A foundation for the future, Title I preschool is a comprehensive preschool program focused on academic need, working to ensure all children are ready for kindergarten. Preschoolers will learn a variety of skills that will prepare them for kindergarten and beyond.  Children must be 3 years of age on or before August 31st for Fall enrollment. 


English Language Learners 

Focused around preschoolers learning English, students will develop language skills that will prepare them for kindergarten and beyond.  Children must be 4 years of age by August 31st for Fall enrollment. 

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Montessori Preschool 

Montessori is a child-centered educational approach based on Dr. Maria Montessori's scientific observations of children from birth to adulthood. The Montessori Method is backed by over 100 years of success in cultures throughout the world. This approach values the development of the whole child - physical, social, emotional, cognitive.

          Children must be 3 years of age on or before August 31st for Fall enrollment. 

·         Tuition based preschool, $650 per month

·         5 days a week, Monday-Friday

·         Class time 6 ½ hours 9:00 am to 3:30 pm


DressUp PreK.jpg Ear​ly Learning Centers

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.   

Madison Early Learning Center 3101 S 43rd St., Tacoma, WA 98409 

Willard Early Learning Center 3201 S. D St., Tacoma, WA 98418 

Hoyt Early Learning Center 2708 N Union Ave., Tacoma, WA 98407 

McCarver Early Learning Center 3101 S 43rd St., Tacoma, WA 98409 

Teacher_FirstDay.jpg Kindergarten Jump Start

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. 

  • For incoming Kindergarteners

  • August 21st - 24th, 2017

  • 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

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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.

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 253-571-2618.