Family Engagement Events
Tacoma Public Schools hosts a number of in-person and virtual activities to support students and families, featuring regular discussions with experts as well as tools and community programs to help students succeed.
Are Your Children Ready for Kindergarten?
In kindergarten children learn how to read, write, be healthy, play safely, and be a good student. If your child is old enough to attend kindergarten (5 years old before September 1), you should enroll them at your neighborhood school. Tacoma Public Schools has free full day kindergarten for all students. The school district prepared a great video on helping your child get ready to succeed in kindergarten.
Resources for Students With Basic Needs Insecurity
Best Colleges put together a list of resources to help students, including interactive tools, nonprofits, government programs, and benefits.
Do You Have Children Who are Three or Four Years Old?
Tacoma Public Schools has free preschool for low income families through the Head Start and ECEAP programs. Going to a high-quality preschool is the best way to start a child off in school.
You can find more information on Tacoma Public Schools’ website or contact the Tacoma Public Schools Head Start Office at (253) 571-1900.
Are You Looking for Help Saving for College?
THA’s Children’s Savings Accounts help families with students aspiring to college develop a strong network of resources and support to achieve their post-secondary goals.
For children who don’t qualify for our program, you can find information about many more resources here:
A Degree of Savings
If current tuition rate increases continue, a child born this year will have to pay an estimated $215,064 for a four-year degree at a public college or university. Today, those costs average $110,408, according to SavingforCollege.com. Savings accounts dedicated to paying for college can take the sting out of increasing tuitions and help develop the habit of saving.
Read more in “A Degree of Savings” by Jessica Hathaway in State Legislatures magazine:
Show Me the Math
THA is partnering with Tacoma Public Schools to help students in Tacoma connect what they learn in school with the business world. Students visit community partners and learn how they use math in their day-to-day work.
You can find more resources relating to education by visiting the organizations listed below.