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Old 02-07-2014, 12:28 AM
 
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Has anyone had any experience with the preschools run by the seattle school district ? I believe they are run out of Lowell, Thurgood Marshall and Gatzert elementary. There is some real bad press on the state of special education in Seattle Public Schools but is it as bad at the preschool level as well ?

Also, anyone heard of Experimental Education Unit (Haring's center) at UW ? How exactly are they involved in providing special education to kids ?
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Old 02-07-2014, 09:04 AM
 
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I think more than the schools you mentioned have preschool programs. Greenwood ES in the North end is one that comes to mind. I have heard wonderful things about that particular one.
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Old 02-07-2014, 04:09 PM
 
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There are developmental preschools in all the quadrants. The ones you mention are I think the set specific to the central quadrant. While the district will try to send you to the nearest site with spaces, in practice you can be assigned farther away. Quality varies site to site but once you've run the hoops to get qualified which can be quite frustrating they can be quite good. The EEU contracts with the district and runs a set of preschools and kindergartens. If you qualify for a preschool or K you can apply to go there instead. Be aware they get to choose who they will take based on a set of criteria including things like balance, what kind of disabilities they want to be treating (the program is also about training a new generation of spec-ed teachers), diversity etc. Also you have to stay on top of the central office to make sure they are fulfilling their part of the process and moving the paperwork in time. They are much friendlier however than the spec-ed dept. and you might want to reach out to them for advice. Also we've been through this process so feel free to PM if you have more specific questions.
Ben
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