The barriers facing our most vulnerable populations are challenging. We provide programs to ensure that the first five years prepares them for a lifetime of self-sufficiency and success.

Since 1978, DLEC has provided high-quality multicultural early learning and family support services so that Seattle kids will be ready to succeed in school and life. Last year, we served more than 909 low-income and immigrant children and their families through our home visiting (Early Head Start), infant and toddler care, preschool (Head Start, Seattle Preschool School, ECEAP), and Play & Learn socialization groups. Click here to view our most recent brochure.

Take a virtual tour of our center-based programs at:

Beacon Hill

International District

Lake Washington

Mercy Magnuson

DLEC provides an excellent early education for kids, support and skills for new parents, as well as extra help for families in need, creating a supportive community for all. 

Our multilingual Family Service Specialists and Home Visitors can help families locate a doctor for their child, enroll them in English classes, or secure emergency housing or food if they find themselves homeless or hungry. We offer monthly parent meetings and groups to help parents develop skills and knowledge about subjects like nutrition, safety, personal finances, emotional intelligence, and health care – all tools they will need to help their children be successful.

Early Head Start offers bi-monthly socialization where families work on school readiness goals and enjoy a family-style meal or snacks with other families. All parents participate in meetings to provide feedback and input to the Policy Council to continuously improve our program.

Learn more about our Early Learning Programs:

Early Head Start – Our Early Head Start program closes the preparation gap by supporting parents during the first few years of their child’s development.

Infant & Toddler Care – Our infant toddler care program focuses on the individualized care of each child in our classroom.

Preschool – Our preschool model that has a proven track record of success.

Play & Learn – Play and Learn is a partnership between Denise Louie Education Center, King County and the Seattle Public Library!