Early Learning

Four students in preschool classroom facing left towards teacher (not pictured)

Linking early learning and elementary learning can help children and families experience smooth transitions and continuity of practice from early learning into the kindergarten year. The Issaquah School District is committed to actively growing our partnerships with community preschools and in-home care providers to support this collaborative vision. Opportunities for involvement and professional development, as well as resources, will be posted to this page below.

Kindergarten Readiness Guide:

Children learn in different ways and at different rates. They come to school with varying skills. The Kindergarten Readiness document highlights some of the skills children need to be prepared for kindergarten. The Kindergarten Readiness Guide has suggestions about ways to work with your child to help him/her be more prepared and excited for school.

Transitional Kindergarten

Issaquah School District is offering a new, 20-week full-day Transitional Kindergarten program for children who are scheduled to enter kindergarten in the upcoming fall. Students qualify through an application and screening process. This free program is available for children who are not currently enrolled in an early learning program and demonstrate financial, academic, and/or social-emotional needs. Transitional Kindergarten will focus on essential academics, social-emotional skills, and learning habits to empower children as they launch into their academic journey.

Dual Language Program - Spanish Immersion

The Issaquah School district now has a Spanish/English Dual Language Immersion Program at both Clark and Issaquah Valley Elementary Schools. Each year a new class of kindergarten students will be added with the goal of half of the students being Spanish or Bilingual Spanish/English and half the students being English speakers. Applications will be part of the kindergarten registration process.

Upcoming Events:

Articles of Interest:

  • Leading experts in the field of Early Math have developed the Learning and Teaching with Trajectories website. Here you will find lessons/activities, games, and video clips of major topics in math for children from Birth to 3rd Grade. You can register for free and have access to a wealth of resources and information: www.learningtrajectories.org
  • Research clearly shows that early math exposure is crucial for later success in math. The following article Why Early Math is Just as Important as Early Reading helps to explain why.
  • A collection of Books to Provide Inspiration!