• Early Learning

    Early Learning

    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)

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Character Word of the Month

  • Character - It's Who You Are!

    Character Education Word for August: Safe - Protected from or not exposed to danger or risk; not likely to be harmed or lost.

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YSD Stories

  • EBT Funds Available to All YSD Students

    Posted by YSD Food Services on 7/6/2020

    Because COVID-19 closed our schools, your children are eligible for food assistance, called Pandemic EBT (P-EBT): Emergency School Meals Program.

    P-EBT provides families with funds to make up for some of the cost of meals while school was closed. This benefit is for Washington children in grades K-12 who receive free or reduced-price school meals. These benefits will be on an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card which is used like a debit card to buy groceries. Because all YSD students receive free breakfast and lunch, all YSD students are eligible regardless of income. If you do not already receive benefits, you will need to apply on or after June 30.  If you receive food assistance benefits already, the money will appear on your EBT on June 30.

    Update 7/6/20: We have been in contact with OSPI last week and they said that DSHS had the incorrect student list for Yakima School District which is why they turned down some parents; they are updating with the correct list which will show any student enrolled in Yakima School District that was grade K-12 in the school year 2019-2020 as eligible for PEBT.

    If you were denied, go to WashingtonConnections.org and apply again and see if their list has been updated. You can inform them Yakima is a CEP district.

    PEBT Flyer - English

    PEBT Flyer - Spanish

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  • Finding Opportunities to Learn Through Play

    Posted by Cece Schuler on 4/27/2020

    When it comes to remote learning opportunities for our youngest students, PLAY is the name of the game! Pictured is one of our preschoolers showing off the results of his latest at-home learning activity: a letter scavenger hunt (no technology required!). A huge shout out to his family for their creativity; you can see just how proud he feels! In the words of Albert Einstein, "Play is the highest form of research." 

    What will you and your child play today?

    Preschooler at PLAY during COVID closure

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  • Preschool meeting virtually with their teacher

    Posted by Danielle DeLange Nguyen on 3/25/2020

    Four families and their teacher got together in preschool for story time. The kids LOVED it! 


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  • Patterson Partnership Award

    Posted by Kim Wallberg on 9/10/2018

    In the spring of 2018, Scholastic Book Clubs partnered with author James Patterson to award 4,000 teachers across the United States $500 to help build their classroom library. Teachers were asked to write a short paragraph describing how scholastic books make an impact on their students. I teach developmental preschool and I shared that scholastic books help my students explore new textures with their sensory board books and also help facilitate and increase their communication skills during shared readings. When I returned to school this Fall, I was ecstatic to see a letter from the Patterson Partnership stating that I had been chosen as one of the winners!!! I am so excited to be able to provide my students with a more extensive learning library!!

    Young girl reading a book.

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