• Early Learning


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    Every Child, Every Family, Every Day!

    The Department of Early Learning at the Yakima School District is dedicated to meeting the needs of all students in order that they may reach their highest academic and social potential with readiness for success in the K-12 program. Early learning programs are designed for the purpose of fostering the development of children's intellectual, social, emotional and motor skills. All programs operate in a manner consistent with best practice and research in early childhood education and are consistent with state licensing requirements for both curriculum and facilities.

    Early Learning offers programs in the district that are designed to accommodate diversity – that is, they are designed to enable the full inclusion of young children with disabilities, as well as those with limited English proficiency, in the full range of program and curriculum activities.

    Early Learning offers developmental preschool, integrated preschool, ECEAP and community preschool. As funding for early learning is not included as part of the state’s basic education allocation to the district, services offered for early childhood education in YSD will be targeted, as available, to priority populations.

    Find out more about Early Learning in our Family Handbook:

    English Handbook (PDF) | Spanish Handbook (PDF)

    View our OSPI Report Card


  • Do you have a 3 year old child or a child that is 4 years old on or before August 31st?

    Call our Early Learning Office to see which preschool program your child may qualify for.

    View flyer with early learning programs offered through YSD:

    English Flyer | Spanish Flyer


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  • Questions & Answers Reopening for Early Learning

    Do you have a question regarding reopening? Please ask us and we will get back to you.

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Contact Info

  • Principal: Jamie Johnson

    Phone: (509) 573-5980

    Fax: (509) 573-5990

    Office: 400 W Viola Ave Yakima, WA 98902

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YSD Stories

  • Family Pajama Story Night with Early Learning

    Posted by Julie McDougall on 3/30/2021

    Early Learning had a fun filled Pajama story night. We read the story We are Different, We're the Same by Bobbi Jane Kates. Students came dressed in their pajama's and had their stuffed animals to share with the group. Early Learning was so happy to see so many families join us! Stuffed animal fun!

    Family Night

    Same and different

    Thanks Early Learning families for a fun evening! We can't wait for the next fun night! 

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  • A heartfelt Thank You to Maverick Gaming and their program "Maverick Cares"

    Posted by Sara Cordova on 11/23/2020

    This Thanksgiving season, Maverick Cares donated Thanksgiving meals for 20 of our Yakima School District Families! We are grateful for their generosity and thoughtfulness this holiday season. We also want to thank our Yakima Police Department for coordinating this effort. We appreciate you!

    Thanksgiving Community Event - November 24

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  • Principal Appreciation Month - Early Learning

    Posted by Ashley LaRiviere on 10/26/2020

    The Yakima School District would like to thank and honor our principals for their visionary leadership and tireless pursuit of success for each student.

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    Did you know that Director Danielle (DeLange) Nguyen has lived in Saudi Arabia and England?

    Did you know that Assistant Director Julie McDougall was the swim team captain in high school? 

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