Vote YES on the

Families, Education, Preschool

and Promise Levy

Let’s help Seattle Kids Succeed from Preschool through College

Vote YES on the Families, Education, Preschool and Promise Levy

Replacing and Enhancing Seattle’s Expiring Preschool Levy

We all know that education opens the door to opportunity. But too many of Seattle’s kids, particularly those who are lower income or from communities of color, are falling behind and not receiving the education they need to be successful in life.

That is why the new seven-year Families, Education, Preschool and Promise (FEPP) levy is a more comprehensive approach to addressing the opportunity gap many of our kids face.

It replaces and enhances the expiring Preschool Levy, which funds subsidized high-quality preschool, replaces the expiring Families and Education levy, which funds proven K-12 support programs, and provides funding for the Seattle Promise scholarship program that will expand access to community college for all Seattle public high school grads.

The Family, Education, Preschool and Promise Levy will add 1,000 additional subsidized preschool slots to the 1,500 children currently enrolled in the program.

A Quality Preschool Program Delivering Results

Studies have shown that quality preschool helps children throughout their lives by shaping their ability to learn. By providing quality preschool to children of families who might not otherwise be able to afford it we can give every child the chance to succeed. The Family, Education, Preschool and Promise Levy will add 1,000 additional subsidized preschool slots to the 1,500 children currently enrolled in the program.

Providing At-Risk Kids the Support to Graduate High School

The Family, Education, Preschool and Promise Levy funds proven strategies to help kids in grades K-12 succeed. It funds after and out of school activities programs that give extra help to the children who need it most, and the levy targets high-risk kids to keep them from dropping out. In Seattle, just 79 percent of public school students graduate from high school, with only 68 percent of low-income students and even fewer students of color. This levy will fund important counseling and social services in addition to critical academic support.

The Family, Education, Preschool and Promise Levy funds proven strategies to help kids in grades K-12 succeed, including, after- and out-of-school activities programs that give extra help to the children who need it most.
The Family, Education, Preschool and Promise Levy will offer Seattle public high school graduates two free years of community college.

Offering Every Child a Chance at a College Education

In the next five years, our state will add nearly 750,000 new jobs, most requiring some education or training after high school. Today, only 31 percent of Washington high school graduates go on to complete a degree or certificate. By offering Seattle public high school graduates two free years of community college, we can close this gap and help make Seattle a place where all of our students have the opportunity to get the best jobs.

The Family Education, Preschool and Promise levy will provide major educational benefits to thousands of Seattle kids, and at a modest cost. Because this levy replaces and enhances two expiring levies, the additional cost to the owner of a median home is only about $10 per month. Please VOTE YES this November for the Families, Education, Preschool and Promise levy!

The following organizations endorse the Families, Education, Preschool and Promise Levy

American Federation of Teachers – Seattle Local 1789

IAM 751

Ironworkers – Local 86

MLK Labor Council

PTE – Local 17

Teamsters – Local 763

SEIU 775

SEIU 925

SEIU 1199

34th Legislative District Democrats

36th Legislative District Democrats

37th Legislative District Democrats

43rd Legislative District Democrats

46th Legislative District Democrats

Accelerator YMCA

Alliance for Education

ArtsCorps

Boys & Girls Clubs of King County

Child Care Resources

Chinese Information and Service Center

Communities in Schools

Downtown Seattle Association

El Centro de la Raza

Greater Seattle Business Association

Hilltop Children’s Center

International Community Health Services

Launch

Mom’s Rising

Neighborhood House

North Seattle College Cooperative Preschool

Save the Children Action Network

Schools Out Washington

SCPTSA

Seattle Hotel Association

Seattle Human Services Coalition

Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce

Seattle Restaurant Alliance

Southeast Seattle Education Coalition (SESEC)

United Way of King County

Tiny Tots

Tiny Trees

Treehouse

Vietnamese Friendship Association (VFA)

Washington Bus

Washington State Association of Head Start & ECEAP

Youth Development Executives of King County

YouthCare

Frequently Asked Questions

  • The Families, Education, Preschool and Promise levy is a more comprehensive approach to addressing the opportunity gap that many of Seattle children face, particularly those from low income and minority families.

    It funds a range of proven programs that cover children from preschool through college: it replaces and enhances the expiring Preschool Levy, which funds subsidized high-quality preschool, replaces the expiring Families and Education levy, which funds proven K-12 support programs, and provides funding for the Seattle Promise scholarship program that will expand access to community college for all Seattle public high school grads.

  • Because the seven-year FEPP levy will replace and enhance two expiring levies – the Families and Education levy and the Seattle Preschool Program levy – with one combined levy, the actual increase for the typical Seattle homeowner will be modest.

    That homeowner is currently paying about $136 this year for the two expiring levies. Under the new levy that homeowner will pay about $248 a year, an increase of $112 annually or about $9 a month.

  • The benefits of the new, more comprehensive FEPP levy are substantial. They include a significant expansion of Seattle’s quality, subsidized preschool program from 1,500 kids per year to 2,500 kids.

    The levy also funds the Seattle Promise, which for the first time will offer every Seattle public high school graduate two free years of community college.

    The levy will also maintain the proven academic and social support program funded by the expiring Families and Education levy, and will fund additional student health centers in Seattle’s K-12 public schools.

  • The plan for the FEPP levy was developed over an intensive process that involved evaluating the performance of existing programs as well as extensive community and stakeholder outreach.

    Between November 2017 and February 2018 the Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning held 33 engagement meetings with nearly 500 attendees citywide.

    Based on that process, the levy development team focused on several key areas, including: closing opportunity gaps, expanding high quality early learning, increased learning opportunities, better systems coordination, and proven wraparound services for Seattle schoolkids.

  • Studies have shown that quality preschool helps children throughout their lives by shaping their ability to learn.

    The FEPP levy expands Seattle’s quality subsidized preschool program from 1,500 children currently to 2,500 kids. By providing preschool to children who otherwise would likely not be able to afford it, we can help give every child the chance to succeed.

    And these investments are cost effective as well – studies have shown that for every $1 spent on preschool, there is an estimated $8 return on investment.

  • The FEPP levy funds proven programs that are designed to help kids in our public schools to succeed, including academic and wraparound support services, college and career readiness work, year-round learning systems at the highest-needs middle schools in Seattle, which include after-school programs, winter & spring break camps, and summer learning programs.

    The levy also makes targeted investments in the high schools that are more likely to serve opportunity gap students and students entering the 9th grade not meeting both reading and math standards.

    These K-12 investments are intended to build economic opportunity for all young people in Seattle by closing the opportunity gap and creating pathways to good-paying jobs.

  • The City has a track record of success in providing access to quality early learning to children from low- to middle-income families through the Families and Education Levy and through the Seattle Preschool pilot program that was established by voters in 2014. The current Families and Education Levy will serve over 10,000 students at 42 schools across Seattle in 2017-18.

    Additionally, more than 2,500 students received additional summer instruction in 2017, nearly 8,000 students received preventative and primary health services through school-based health programs. All told, over half of Seattle Public Schools students attend schools that are supported by Levy funding.

    Levy investments have made progress in reducing academic achievement and opportunity gaps. All levy-funded high schools have reduced the gap between attendance rates of white students and students of color as well as the rate of passing core courses. In middle school, levy investments are improving the outcomes for the most struggling students. An analysis of academic performance at Innovation Middle Schools showed levy investments are helping to increase the number of levy-focus students that are meeting grade-level standards in math.

    Outcomes from Seattle quality subsidized preschool program in the 2016-17 school year showed gains in vocabulary, literacy, and math for children and a marked improvement in instructional quality to complement its strong performance in providing emotionally-supportive environments and developmentally-appropriate experiences for young children. The new levy will expand this promising program from the current 1500 students enrolled in 77 classrooms to 2,500 student slots over the next seven years.

  • The Washington State Supreme Court has held that the state is responsible for fully funding K-12 basic education. We know, however, that our students need additional support — that is why the FEPP levy provides supplemental services for specific groups of at-risk students, including in-school resources and programming beyond the traditional school day.

    Levy-funded efforts will also arm Seattle public school students with the skills they need to take advantage of Seattle’s booming economy, including providing supplemental services that support college and career readiness and reduce barriers to student learning through health clinics and wraparound services.

  • As with the 2011 Families and Education Levy and the 2014 Seattle Preschool Levy, a Levy Oversight Committee will monitor progress and review DEEL investments and results annually. The Oversight Committee assists with data sharing between the City and Seattle public schools and ensures a strong accountability structure based on setting robust targets and monitoring outcomes and indicators to allow for course corrections to improve results.

    In addition, new FEPP levy is committed to a continuous improvement cycle — analyzing results and administering course corrections to ensure improved outcomes for Seattle’s students. The Seattle Preschool Program contracts with external evaluators to assess program quality and areas for improvement yearly.

  • All students graduating from Seattle’s public high schools will be eligible for the Seattle Promise program. The program will provide free tuition and other educational supports if they attend any Seattle community college.

Latest News

Seattle Times, October 8, 2018

Seattle’s preschool program, on the ballot for expansion, is steadily improving, according to external evaluation

City officials say the Seattle Preschool Program’s latest evaluation report makes a good case for its expansion. Full article