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Building the Foundation with Preschool

Federal Way Public Schools offers high-quality preschool programs for children who are three or four years old on or before August 31 of the current school year and live within the Federal Way School District Boundaries. Preschool programs are either tuition-based or free, depending on family income.  

If you are interested in enrolling your child in a FWPS preschool program, please complete the Prescreening Application for Preschool. The Early Learning Department will review your application and notify you of available program options and the next steps for enrollment within 3 business days. Household size, family income, IEP status, and other factors can determine your child’s placement.  

If your child has an existing IEP or you believe your child may need early intervention or special education services, please reach out to FWPS Child Find, which provides free screening of children ages three to five years old to identify delays or disabilities. Learn more at

FAQs About Our Preschool Programs