Laying a Stronger Foundation in Pre-Kindergarten
Early childhood education is the foundation on which lifelong learning is built. Improving the quality and accessibility
of Pre-Kindergarten programs will raise student achievement in elementary school, high school and beyond.
Research shows that full day Pre-K programs prepare students for later school success. Chicago Public Schools, in
collaboration with the City of Chicago, is working to expand access to full-day Pre-K to four year olds in need.
High quality Pre-K requires program standards that are both developmentally appropriate and academically rigorous.
to create consistent practices so
all children are getting high quality early learning experiences before entering school to set them on the path
for success from the start. CPS will also create universal standards for school-based preschool, giving principals
a road map for quality instruction from Pre-K to 2nd grade.
Eliminating obstacles for families to access high quality Pre-K is a key priority. For many years, enrolling in a
CPS Pre-K program was a complicated endeavor, requiring parents to apply on-site at one or more schools.
The online application allows
for parents to apply to Pre-K whereever they can access a computer or mobile device—including at their local
schools or community-sites.
The Office of Early Childhood Education will continue to expand awareness of the value of Pre-K and support families
enrolling in programs that improve students’ long-term school success. Through city-wide communications and targeted
outreach efforts in Chicago’s most vulnerable communities, CPS will work with partners to increase the demand
for high quality Pre-K. Targeting high-need areas, Family Resource Centers at select libraries, trained staff
at schools, and partners in community organizations will collaborate to provide support to families to enroll
children in early childhood education.
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