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Early Entrance for Kindergarten (EEK)

The Early Entrance for Kindergarten (EEK) program caters to children whose 5th birthday falls between September 1 and October 31, providing an opportunity for these young learners to start kindergarten early if they demonstrate the necessary social, emotional, and academic readiness. The EEK process includes an online screening and an in-person evaluation for selected applicants, ensuring a comprehensive assessment of each child's readiness. Parents contribute to this evaluation by completing a detailed questionnaire about their child's development and providing a reference from a non-family member familiar with the child's abilities, thereby ensuring a supportive start for those ready to embrace the challenges and excitement of kindergarten ahead of the standard school age.

Procedures & Information At a Glance

  • Early entrance for Kindergarten (EEK) is for children whose 5th birthday falls between September 1 and October 31.  
  • An online screening for applicants will be followed by an in-person evaluation for a small number of applicants.  
  • Timeline and more information can be found in the FAQ.
  • If your child moves on to in-person evaluation, there will be a processing fee of $75.00, collected at the time of the in-person evaluation. For families that qualify for reduced fee based on family income, the processing fee is reduced to $15.00.
  • To begin the EEK assessment process, parents/guardians will be asked to: 
    • Complete a questionnaire based upon their observations of their child's social-emotional and developmental readiness for kindergarten.
    • Provide the name and contact information for your child's preschool/daycare teacher, or other non-family member who has enough information about your child to provide a letter of reference or recommendation. Caregivers will be asked to complete an online questionnaire based upon their observations of your child's social-emotional and academic readiness for kindergarten.  
    • Once the full application and fee has been received, parents/guardians will be sent a confirmation email with more details about the questionnaire within a week.

Frequently Asked Questions

Contact Us

Teaching & Learning Department
18360 Caldart Ave NE
Poulsbo, WA 98370
Fax (360) 396-3934

Karen Brumley
Director of Elementary Education
(360) 396-3042

Alexis Wendt
Teaching & Learning Secretary
(360) 396-3042


Apply by April 30th

Early Education Kindergarten Timeline

  • Applications accepted through April 30
  • Review and initial screening of applications - May 5-10, families notified of screening results via email
  • In person observations for students selected during initial screening - May 15-20
  • Families Notified of results - early to mid June