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Early Learning to Promote Success

In Federal Way Public Schools, Goal 3 of our strategic plan states that every student scholar will enter kindergarten ready to learn with the social-emotional skills that will propel them to meet or exceed grade-level standards in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics by the end of 3rd grade (Goal 1: The Early Years - Building the Foundation)

Our early learning programs provide young children with the foundation skills needed to transition into a school setting. Children get accustomed to practicing social skills through peer-to-peer connections, following directions, developing motor skills, expanding curiosity about the world around them, and so much more! Our programs also encourage independence, cultural competency, and a sense of pride by being part of a classroom among diverse students. 

Each day follows a schedule, with time set for exploratory play, small group instruction, outdoor play, meals/snacks, and quiet time or a nap (for full-day programs).

Early Learning Offerings


Children must be three or four-years-old on or before August 31 of the current school year to be eligible for preschool. 

Bright Futures Kindergarten

To be eligible for Bright Futures Kindergarten (BFK), children must be four-years-old on or before August 31 of the current school year, not currently enrolled in an early learning program, and live within the school boundaries of a Bright Futures Kindergarten classroom. BFK is currently offered at Lake Dolloff, Mark Twain, Olympic View K-8, Rainier View, Silver Lake, and Valhalla. 


Children who will be five years old on or before by August 31 can start kindergarten in the upcoming school year. Online registration opens in January and does not close. 

Contact Us

FWPS Early Learning Department

Kim Erickson
Director of Early Learning