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Posted on: October 27, 2022

Bezos Academy opens application process for tuition-free preschool in Everett

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EVERETT, Wash. – This week, Bezos Academy launched the full application for their new, tuition-free, Montessori-inspired preschool in Downtown Everett which is slated to open in early 2023. Eligible families are encouraged to complete the application, which is available in 12 languages, by 11:59 p.m. PST on Jan. 2, 2023, to be entered into a lottery for admission.

Earlier this year, the City of Everett partnered with Bezos Academy to secure space within the Everett Station to help address the ongoing challenges many local families face in finding quality, affordable preschool. Bezos Academy will offer year-round learning for three-, four- and five-year-old children five days a week, including the option for tuition-free extended-day learning. 

“Early childhood education is critically important for our children and I’m proud to partner with Bezos Academy to increase access to preschool programs in our community, especially for our low-income families and families experiencing homelessness,” said Cassie Franklin, mayor of the City of Everett.

“We are excited to open our doors to the families and children of Everett next year,” said Mike George, president of Bezos Academy. “Thank you to Mayor Franklin and the City of Everett for your continued partnership on Snohomish County’s first Bezos Academy.”

The preschool will be located within the Everett Station, at 3201 Smith Ave., Everett, WA. The school will feature three classrooms that will serve up to 60 students and is planned to open in early 2023. Enrolled students will be provided with all necessary materials, supplies, and meals at no cost to the families. 

Families earning up to 400% of the federal poverty level with children aged three to four years old are eligible to apply. For more information on household sizes and the federal poverty level, the Department of Health and Human Services’ federal poverty level guidelines can be found here. Foster children and children of households experiencing homelessness are given priority admission status. The admission lottery will take place on Jan. 3, 2023, and families will receive notification on Jan. 5, 2023.

Virtual information session

Sign up for their upcoming virtual information session on Nov. 7, 2022, from 3:30-5 p.m. PST. 

Application help session

Sign up for their application help session on Nov. 28, 2022, from 3-5:30 p.m. PST.

Apply

To complete the application, please visit: apply.bezosacademy.org. Apply by 11:59 p.m. PST on Jan. 2, 2023.

Translation support

For any translation support needed, please email enroll@bezosacademy.org or call 1-833-560-2221 and a member of their team will reach out with an interpreter to facilitate a conversation by phone.

About Bezos Academy   

Bezos Academy is a non-profit organization that is building a network of tuition-free preschools. Our preschools offer year-round, full-day programming, five days a week, for children ages 3-5 years old from low-income families. Bezos Academy also provides students with all necessary educational supplies and services to set each student up for success, including Montessori materials, books, arts and crafts, field trips, and meals. For more information, visit: bezosacademy.org.    

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