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Seattle Head Start
Mailing address: Head Start
Seattle Public Schools
MS 31 555
P.O. Box 34165
Seattle, WA 98124-1165

Enriched preschool programs for 3- to 5-year-olds from low-income families. Part of Seattle Public Schools.

Applicants are encouraged to use the mailing address. Applications may be dropped off at the main receptionist desk of the John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence, 2445 3rd Avenue South, Seattle (no mail to this address), but there is very limited parking.

Parents with children in the Head Start program are eligible to consult with an employment specialist who can help with an assessment of job skills and resume writing. Education, retraining and a job search are then part of the program.
Verified 12/02

YouthCare's Orion Center
1-877-622-5551 toll free
1828 Yale Ave., Seattle, WA 98101
(corner of Stewart St. and Denny Way)

Work toward GED or diploma, or re-enter normal school system. Also social and vocational skills training. 9:30 am 2:30 pm, Mon-Fri.
Verified 9/09

University District Youth Center
4516 15th Avenue NE, Seattle 98105

Seattle Public School Interagency Program, GED prep and High School Diploma programs. Ages 13-21. Mon.-Fri. 9am-2:30pm.
Verified 12/09

Peace for the Streets by Kids from the Streets (PSKS)
206-726-9423 fax
1814 Summit Ave., Seattle 98122

Learning Center. Work towards GED or diploma. School hours (ages 14-21) M-F 2-6 pm.
Program Verified 12/02
Contact info verified 1/04

Seattle Indian Center
611 12th Ave S, Suite 300, Seattle 98144

High School re-entry up to age 20. Vocational training assistance.
Verified 12/09

YWCA of South King County Youth Options
1010 S 2nd St., Renton, WA 98055

Program for out-of-school youth 16-21. GED, internships, job placements, resources and referrals.
Verified 12/02

King County Work Training Program
Learning Center North

12550 Aurora Ave N, Seattle 98133

GED completion school for ages 16-21. 9am-noon, 1-4pm, M-F. Possible referral for other services such as childcare, housing, food, case management.
Verified 12/02

Seattle Education Access
5516 Roosevelt Way N.E., Seattle, WA 98105

"Higher education advocacy and opportunity to people struggling to overcome poverty and adversity."

Free academic advising, career counseling, tutoring, and education planning for low income people who want to go to college. SEA focuses its outreach efforts on young adults (ages 18-30) who have experienced homelessness. Services include assistance filling out financial aid paperwork, research on available colleges and programs, assistance in the college application process, advocacy for youth who will need to complete a dependency status waiver in order to receive federal financial aid, peer mentoring for previously homeless college students.

Scholarships to local community colleges available for low-income clients who have experienced homelessness; applications available from SEA's website or office.
Verified 7/07

Literacy Source
720 North 35th Street, Suite 103; Seattle 98103

A wide variety of adult education programs. The following is a partial listing.

  • External Diploma Program—a high school degree program for adults over 21—awards a traditional high school diploma to adults who have acquired many of their high school level abilities through work, family, and community experiences.
  • Adult Basic Education to enhance reading, writing, math or computer skills. Useful for GED preparation or to prepare to return to school at a community college or similar level.
  • GED-i Online: self-study for the GED.
  • A variety of ESL (English as a Second Language) programs.
  • Citizenship preparation.
  • Computer skills for job-seekers.

See their web site for more.
Verified 11/09

The Urban League Of Metropolitan Seattle
105 14th Ave., Seattle 98122

Education programs include Safe Haven after school program, Summer Academy for children age 5 - 16.
Verified 12/09

Refugee Federation Service Center
7101 MLK Jr. Way S,, Suite 214, Seattle 98118

ESL and Voc/tech (Vocational/technical) classes including electronic assembly training.

Additional locations:

  • Kent: 213 W. Titus, Kent 98032
  • White Center: 10025 16th Ave. SW, Seattle 98146

  • Verified 11/02

Language Institute at University Presbyterian Church
206-524-7300 Ext 173
4540 15th Ave NE, Seattle 98105

English classes and one-on-one tutoring for refugees and immigrants. Five levels; each class lasts 10 weeks, meeting twice a week. Day and evening classes. One-on-one tutoring is once a week. Sometimes has a waiting list. Call Mon-Thurs 9am-3pm. Also can refer for ESL classes at other locations.
Verified 10/09

Discovery Movement Project
1111 E. Madison PMB 419
Seattle, WA 98122

Utilize physical movement to enhance self esteem, self control, and awareness, leading to healthy body image and healthy alternatives to destructive behaviors. A range of individual and group programs available, with some sliding scale and scholarship possibilities for at risk populations.
Verified 1/03

American Red Cross, Seattle Chapter

CPR, First Aid and Emergency Response Training, as well as other related trainings. These can be a matter of life and death. In general, they are reasonably inexpensive, though not free. A schedule of classes is on line; click on individual classes for fees and other details.

Youth Tutoring Program
100 23rd Ave.S., Seattle 98144

Provides evening tutoring for at-risk children living in Seattle's public housing communities. Tutoring sessions occur in those communities. As of summer 2005, locations include High Point, New Holly, Rainier Vista, Yesler Terrace, Jackson Park, and Cedarvale.
Verified 6/05

Washington Academy of Languages
2 Nickerson St, Suite 201, Seattle 98109

Intensive, part-time, and custom programs in English (and other languages). All levels are welcome. The academy is a private academic institution, and is priced accordingly. They do not offer scholarships, but accept most forms of financial aid. Call 8 am - 9 pm Monday through Thursday or 8 am - 5 pm Friday, or visit website for more information.
Verified 09/08

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This page last modified: December 18, 2009
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