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The South Sound region is rich with opportunities to learn and grow. From early learning experiences to increasing options for post-secondary education, our community leaders and educational providers are committed to working together to support and enrich students throughout their lives.

One such example is the Annual Symposium On Our Youngest Citizens, hosted by the Children’s Museum of Tacoma. Almost 350 educators, parents, community members, business leaders, policy makers and thought leaders gathered to discuss and explore ideas to enhance our resources and systems which support children, as well as what it would take to become a Child-Centered Community.

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The lively discussions inspired and motivated participants to make big and small changes to improve the lives of children and their families in our region. Videos of the presentations and discussions can be viewed here.

Programs for Our Youngest Learners

Play to Learn is a FREE community program for children, ages six and under, and the adults who care for them. The thematic curriculum includes individual play, fun group activities, songs and time for children and adults to play together. The program is offered at over 22 community locations throughout Pierce County.

Numerous early learning programs are offered at private preschools throughout the South Sound. Tacoma Public Schools offers five preschool programs, including Head Start and ECEAP (Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program) at 32 locations across the district. Each program is unique while providing a common curriculum that helps prepare students for success in kindergarten and beyond.

Support for Learners of All Ages

Pierce County Strong is a regional partnership between area school districts, technical schools, community colleges, universities and local organizations. The collective is committed to inspiring and preparing more students to achieve postsecondary education.

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Additional educational programs are offered by Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD), which serves 35 school districts and more than 200 private schools in King and Pierce counties and Bainbridge Island. To view a map of the PSESD service area and learn about the programs and services available, click here.

Do you or your children participate in any educational programs in the community? We’d love to hear which programs have been the most beneficial.
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