The preschool initiative was announced alongside plans to expand art and music offerings in all schools and create new parenting programs to increase parent engagement. It’s all part of the district’s “Neighborhood-Centered, Quality Schools” five-year strategic plan.
Officials say the universal pre-K program will add 25 new early learning classrooms to 14 sites geographically spread across the city, including 12 classrooms in five new DPS Early Learning Neighborhood Centers. In total, DPS will operate 215 pre-K classrooms at 70 schools with a capacity for 3,530 young learners.
The plan also includes moving an additional 21 pre-K classrooms into DPS schools to create a more seamless transition to kindergarten.
“DPS’ Universal Pre-K Plan is designed to invest early in our children through expanded preschool programs for all eligible four-year-olds because study after study has found that quality early childhood education pays dividends with improved academic success and graduation rates,” DPS Emergency Manager Roy Roberts said in a statement.