head start

The Head Start program and the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) provide free preschool education and support services to children, three to five years old, and resource referrals and training opportunities to parents. Services provided:

-Preschool curriculum designed for the individual child
-Activities which build self-esteem, social, educational and physical skills
-Atmosphere which honors diversity
-Developmental screenings and referrals
-Small class sizes
-Bus transportation in many areas
-Nutritious meals and snacks
-Medical, dental, vision and hearing screenings
-Health, nutrition, and safety education activities


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after school program

After-school and Summer Programming includes recreation and education activities and computer lab programs in each of the community recreation centers. Activities for resident youth 5 to 19 years old are provided. There is arts and crafts, cooking classes, tournaments, intramural leagues, teen nights, field trips, focus groups, career exploration, homework assistance, and leadership groups.


Contact: 253-638-0473 ext 101 or visit​ to find a location near you.

ESL program

Multi-Service Center’s ESL program is for adults who did not grow up speaking English and who want assistance with learning the language. Students are taught in small classes of fewer than 10 students. Course material is geared to the individual student need. Many students learn English for use in daily life, such as speaking with their doctor, asking for help at the grocery store, or communicating on the job or with a child’s teacher.


Contact: ​253-838-6810 to schedule your first class

Class Hours:

​​Tuesday thru Thursday, 9am to 12pm
Tuesday and Thursday (Open Lab), 1pm to 1:30pm 
Monday and Wednesday, 5pm to 7pm
*Registration is required except during open lab times. 

GED Preparation 

Multi-Service Center offers classes and one-on-one tutoring for youth and adults who want to earn their General Education Development (GED) certificate, a high school diploma equivalent. To earn a GED, it is necessary to pass 4 tests total in the following subject areas: math, social studies, science, and reasoning through language arts. MSC’s classes are much smaller than a community college’s program. Students work individually on their material at their own pace with the assistance of tutors. 



​Federal Way Office
1200 S. 336th St.
Federal Way, WA 98003
Contact: 253-838-6810

Kent Office
515 W. Harrison Street #205
Kent, WA 98032
Contact: 253-854-4406

tutoring and ged prep

At Auburn Youth Resources, trained, caring staff are eager to help youth get back on track to a better life through education. In partnership with the Metro Center YMCA, AYR staff and volunteers are ready to help youth engage with tutoring or GED Prep classes. 



1000 Auburn Way S

Auburn, WA 98002

Contact: 253-350-2802 or email