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Pre-K Programs


Child Find: Developmental Screening

The district offers free developmental screening during the school year for children between the ages 3 and 5 who are not yet kindergarten age. These screenings address suspected developmental delays for preschool-aged children in the following areas: communication, cognition, physical development, social/emotional skills, and adaptive self-help skills. Vision and hearing screenings are also administered.

Kindergarten Academy

Kindergarten Academy (KA) is a transitional kindergarten program designed to assist young learners who would benefit from additional support to be successful in kindergarten. This free program is available to families who meet our program requirements.


Washington State law requires that children must be at least five years of age on or before August 31 to enroll in kindergarten. PEEK is an opportunity for children with a birthdate between  September 1-30 to be considered for early entrance to kindergarten if they meet certain requirements.

READY! For Kindergarten

The READY! for Kindergarten school readiness program empowers parents and caregivers to succeed in their role as children’s first and most influential teachers. READY! provides tools and activities to optimize the natural curiosity of children and to nurture learning and development. 

Right at School

The Right At School preschool program is offered primarily at Pope, with enrollment at Maplewood and Ridgecrest as needed.

Early Childhood Educational Assistance Program (ECEAP)

ECEAP is a state-funded program for children from low-income families who are age three or four by August 31.  Children qualify for this program on the basis of the family income.  The program is coordinated and staffed through the Pierce County Human Services Department. 

Puyallup School District provides school space to ensure services for children in our district who qualify.

Services provided to students who qualify for ECEAP include half-day classroom instruction three days a week, one or two meals per day, and periodic health screening.  Additionally, staff works with families to share information, strategies, activities, and resources for the child.

For information about ECEAP and registration procedures, call Pierce County Human Services at (253) 798-4400 (option #4).