Early Learning

Monroe School District supports 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 enables each child entering kindergarten ready to learn.

Below you will find information and resources about 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.  It also provides support to families to enhance each child's development.

For more information about the Early Intervention Program or for referral information, contact Sherwood Community Services at (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 to age 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 ages 3-5 in the classroom setting. Edmonds Community college provides Head Start and Early Head Start Services in Monroe.

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

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.