Child Care

Before and After School Child Care Programs in Seattle Public Schools

Ninety three percent of Seattle Public elementary schools have on-site care programs.

Programs offer fee-based before and after school, school break, and (usually) summer care for elementary school-aged children. Many also offer preschool for 3-5 year olds (full day or part day). These school-based programs are operated by licensed community care providers or Seattle Parks and Recreation/ Associated Recreation Council.

Some programs are nationally accredited for high quality by the National Afterschool Association (NAA), National Council on Accreditation-After school (COA) or the National Association for Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Why choose a school-based child care program?

  • Schools and programs work together to support children’s learning and development through their alignment partnerships.
  • All programs reinforce learning through play-based activities.
  • All programs offer reading and/or homework support.
  • Pre-K programs help children get ready for school.

Before and After School Programs 

See a list of before and after school child care providers in Seattle Public Schools. 

For information on other programs call Child Care Resources at 206-329-5544 or visit their website at

Need help paying for child care?

What’s program accreditation?

Accreditation means a program has completed a rigorous self-study to ensure meeting high quality program standards, and an endorsement visit by a national accreditation organization.

Accrediting organizations include:

  • National Afterschool Association (programs serving school-age children)
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children

Need transportation to a program near the school?

Talk to the our transportation office at 252-0900 to explore options.

Looking for middle school after school programs?

  • Talk to your school about after school programs and community learning centers
  • Contact teen services at Parks Community Centers, YMCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs, cultural organizations, etc.
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