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News Release
Early Learning in Kelso
Early Learning in Kelso
Applications Open for Early Learning in Kelso on March 1 (Photo) - 02/28/24

Beginning March 1, applications open for two early learning opportunities in Kelso School District: transition to kindergarten (TK), and preschool. 


Transition to Kindergarten (TK) is a pre-kindergarten program for children who will be four years old by August 31, 2024, and would benefit from additional preparation to be successful in kindergarten the following year. Classrooms are staffed by certificated teachers and paraeducators.

  • Full day, five days a week, starting September 3, 2024
  • Access to transportation (for those not in identified walking boundaries), specialists, recess, lunch, and all aspects of the kindergarten school day 
  • To the greatest extent possible, students will be placed for TK at their home school

Families can learn more at and can apply for the program online at


Preschool Pups is a FREE, inclusive preschool program comprised of typically-developing children who play and learn alongside children with disabilities. This program is housed at Catlin site and open to all Kelso families.

  • Open to three- and four-year-olds, must turn three by August 31, 2024
  • Morning and afternoon sessions, four half-days a week, starting September 3, 2024
  • Morning session provides breakfast, afternoon session provides lunch

Families can learn more at and can apply for the program online at

Not sure which program is right for your child? For a detailed comparison between TK, Preschool Pups, and Head Start—including program staffing, calendars, and qualifications—visit or click here for a printable pdf

For additional information or questions, contact Becky Kent at

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