NEWS from Detroit Public Schools
Office of Public Relations

Contact: Steve Wasko
313-873-4892 or 313-212-5636

There are over 15,000 parents in Detroit whose days are a little easier when it comes to giving thought to the education of their 4 and 5 year old children. It’s easier because their children are in the
all-day, Pre-K and Kindergarten programs in the Detroit Public Schools. Kindergarten is a 5 days a week program. The Pre-K program is held 4 days each week and is only open to families that meet the Head Start and/or Great Start Readiness eligibility requirements.

Approximately 10,500 young learners are attending school, all day, in the safe, clean, nurturing environment of 190 Pre-K and 300 Kindergarten classrooms in schools throughout the District.

Those students are well on their way to a good life. Two major long-term studies (High Scope/Perry Preschool, Chicago Parent-Child Centers) declare it. They have shown that children who are in a rigorous and effective Pre-K program truly benefit because they are.

-more likely to graduate from high school
-more likely to be employed
-more likely to earn a higher income
-more likely to lead a healthy life
-less likely to need public assistance
-and less likely to become involved in crime.

In the DPS all-day Pre-K and Kindergarten classes the curriculum is structured to keep the young child engaged in learning with a rigorous yet developmentally appropriate curriculum that includes mathematics; science; language and literacy development; art; and social studies. All of the teachers and instructional staff are certified and highly qualified which is mandated by federal law. When the students complete the DPS Pre-K and Kindergarten programs and begin regular school, they are prepared to succeed-ready to embrace learning as a life-long adventure.

To get information about registering your child(ren) for all-day, Pre-K or Kindergarten call a DPS school that you prefer, or call The DPS Office of Primary Education at 313- 866-0533.

For information about DPS enrollment, call 313-873-7098 or visit our website at

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