Early Learning

In the Monroe School District, we believe in supporting a robust early learning program to ensure children entering our schools have a strong educational foundation from which to build. We are working to align early learning programs within our schools with those throughout our community. Over time, it is our desire to ensure that every student in the Monroe community has access to a high-quality preschool experience that will enable them to come to kindergarten ready to learn.

Below you will find information and resources on some of the early learning programs currently offered in our schools and throughout our community.

Early Intervention Program (Birth to Three)

The Early Intervention Program develops individualized plans for children ages birth to three years old who have developmental delays and medical conditions and provides support to families to enhance each child's development.

For more information on the Early Intervention Program or for referral information, contact:
Sherwood Community Services
(425) 334-4071

Snohomish County Head Start

Head Start offers free quality comprehensive programs for children birth to age five and their families. By involving parents, our programs promote school readiness. Children Increase their social and learning skills when they attend Head Start and Early Head Start. Our high-quality services address the needs of children and families including:

  • Education
  • Health and Nutrition
  • Social Services

Early Head Start

This program serves children birth-3 in the home. Families enrolled in EHS also participate in family fun groups twice a month. We include children who have special needs and English Language learners.

Head Start

This program serves children 3-5 years of age in the classroom setting. Edmonds Community college provides Head Start and Early Head Start Services in Monroe next to the district administration office at 200 E. Fremont Street in Monroe.

Please contact them at (425) 712-9000 or www.edcc.edu/birthtofive for more information.

Early Childhood Education & Assistance Program (ECEAP)

The Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) is a free preschool program for eligible children and their families. ECEAP focuses on the well-being of the whole child by providing nutrition, health, education and family support services. The goal of ECEAP is to help all children enter kindergarten ready to succeed.

ECEAP Provides:

  • Social and emotional, cognitive, and physical development curriculum.
  • Nutritious meals and snacks.
  • Health screenings and connections to medical, dental, and mental health services.
  • Family support services.

Long Term Benefits of ECEAP:

  • Children in this type of high-quality program are:
  • Healthier when they start kindergarten.
  • Less likely to be in special education or repeat a grade in school.
  • More likely to graduate from high school and go onto college.
  • Less likely to become pregnant as a teen or become involved in a crime.
  • More likely to be employed and to earn more as an adult.
  • Parent education and leadership opportunities.

Everett Community College provides a morning and afternoon half day program at Fryelands Elementary.

Please contact us at (425) 388-9122 or eceap@everettcc.edu with question or to enroll.

Developmental Preschool

The Monroe School District developmental preschool program provides instruction and services to students ages 3-4 with developmental delays. The program is located at Frank Wagner Elementary.

Parents who are concerned about the development of their preschool age child should contact Monroe School District's Student Services Department at (360) 804-2600 for more information.


We offer tuition-free, all day, every day kindergarten at all five of our elementary schools. Children must be 5 years of age prior to September l of that school year in order to enroll in kindergarten.

Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (WaKIDS)

WaKIDS is a transition process that helps to ensure a successful start to the K-12 experience and connect the key adults in a child’s life. 

Three Components of WaKIDS

1. Family connection welcomes families into the Washington K-12 system as partners in their child’s education.

2. Whole-child assessment gives kindergarten teachers information about the social/emotional, physical, cognitive, language, literacy, and mathematics development of the children in their classrooms so that they may tailor their instruction to the individual needs of each child.

3. Early learning collaboration aligns practices of early learning professionals and kindergarten teachers to support smooth transitions for children.