National praise, and a nudge to expand, for Seattle preschool program

By the Seattle Times Editorial Board

A well-respected national organization recently gave Seattle’s preschool program a much deserved pat on the back.

The Seattle program has the highest quality among Pre-K programs in 40 large U.S. cities, according to a new report from the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University in partnership with nonprofit policy advocacy group CityHealth.

Seattle’s preschool program merits high marks for teacher quality and training, student-teacher ratios and class sizes, and ongoing efforts toward quality improvement. The program gets justified low marks, however, for participation.

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