The Denise Louie Education Center

Head Start/Preschool

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Head Start is a federally funded community-based program for low-income, at-risk children (three to five years old) and families.

A Great Early Education for Kids

Children enrolled at DLEC receive a high quality, developmentally appropriate early education. Our students attend a dynamic inclusive school. Multilingual teachers reinforce the languages kids speak at home as well as help them master English. Our curriculum includes literacy, math, and social-emotional skills so that all DLEC five-year-olds can enter kindergarten prepared and ready to learn and grow.

Classes average 17 to 19 children with a Lead Teacher and Teaching Assistant. Meals include breakfast/lunch or lunch/snack for the Part Day classes and breakfast/lunch/snack for the full day class. Menus follow Federal and State guidelines and are reviewed by our nutrition consultant.


Children at DLEC may attend a full day or a part day program:

  • Part Day: for our HS slots, families must meet the federal poverty guidelines ($23,550/year for a family of 4). Our Part Day program is from 8:30 am – 12:00 pm or 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm Monday through Thursday. These classes are available at our International District, Beacon Hill and Lake Washington Locations. Step Ahead and Head Start Vouchers are accepted in these classrooms
  • Full Day: For the full-day Head Start slots, parents must receive a child care subsidy from DSHS or City of Seattle and make monthly co-payments directly to Denise Louie Education Center based on income. We also have limited Private Pay slots available for the full-day option For the 6 full-day Head Start slots, parents must receive a child care subsidy from DSHS or City of Seattle. If the child is on a City voucher, then the payment is made to DLEC. Our full-day classroom is located in the International District and run from Monday through Friday. The Pre-K program operates from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. The extended care operates from 7:00 am – 9:00 am and 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm each day. Step Ahead, Head Start vouchers are accepted along with Private Pay.
  • Extended Day: 7:00 am – 6:00 pm

Children must be 3 years old by August 31, of the program year to enroll. Our full-day classrooms are located at the International District site. The average class size is 3 teachers to 19 children and family style, well-balanced breakfast and lunch is provided by Farestart. DLEC arranges dental and physical screenings for all students and families participate in monthly nutrition activities.To enroll your child, please include the following documents to complete your child’s application.

Application: Once we receive your application, an enrollment staff will call to schedule an intake appointment in order to complete the application process.

  • Online Application

  • Application – PDF

    • Please Fax or Mail completed applications to:
      • Fax number: 206-767-2919
      • Address: 5333 15th Avenue South, Seattle WA 98108
  • Proof of Age
  • Proof of Family Income
  • Immunization Records
  • Proof of Childcare Voucher (for full-day classes)
  • Medical / Dental Insurance
For more information on Head Start income guidelines and eligibility and enrollment criteria, please contact the Enrollment Team, at (206) 767-8223
Enrollment Office
5333 15th Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98108

Curriculum & Student Assessments

Denise Louie Education Center utilizes the Creative Curriculum, a play-based, experiential curriculum, the Anti-Bias Curriculum and the Second Step anti-violence curriculum that teaches children problem solving and social-emotional skills.

Each child has an individualized plan developed jointly with the parent that identifies outcomes in social-emotional development, literacy, language development, mathematics, physical health, science, creative arts, and approaches to learning. All Denise Louie Education Center classrooms develop a language plan to promote the reinforcement of the home languages of each child in the classroom.

Throughout the year, we assess our students’ progress using a variety of tools. We measure school readiness skills using Teaching Strategies Gold (TS Gold). TS Gold divides kindergarten readiness into the following domains: language, literacy, approaches to learning, cognition and general knowledge, social and emotional development and physical development and health, science, mathematics and artistic expression.

We also gauge children’s receptive English skills using the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test (PPVT). CLASS (Classroom Assessment Scoring System) measures teacher-child interactions in the areas of Emotional Support, Classroom Organization and Instructional Support.

  • During the 2011-12 school year, 30 DLEC children were identified with developmental concerns and were referred for additional support from our partners, the Boyer’s Children’s Clinic, the South King County Intervention Program (SKIP) and the Northwest Center. Four children received mental health services through our partners.