Detroit Public Schools to kick off first-ever districtwide “Pre-K Enrollment Extravaganza” at 70 Pre-K sites

On Friday, Detroit Public Schools will kick off its first-ever districtwide Pre-K Enrollment Extravaganza at 70 sites to encourage enrollment in the district’s expanded Pre-Kindergarten programs.

As part of the district’s 5-year Strategic Plan entitled “Neighborhood-Centered, Quality Schools, ” the new DPS Universal Pre-K Program adds 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 first day of Pre-K classes is September 16, 2013.

In addition to an enrollment event at every school site that houses Pre-K, special enrollment events will be held Friday from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Beard Early Learning Neighborhood Center, 840 Waterman, and Fleming Early Learning Neighborhood Center, 18501 Waltham, with face-painting, bounce houses, refreshments and other fun activities for families.

About the DPS Foundation for Early Learners/Pre-Kindergarten programs

Detroit Public Schools’ prekindergarten classroom curriculum is aligned with the National Early Childhood Standards and Michigan State Board of Education, Early Childhood Standards of Quality. Early childhood programs are monitored through an inclusive and collaborative approach. The building principal, central staff and program supervisors monitor teaching and learning through the Pre-Kindergarten classroom visitation system, teacher evaluation, student assessments Child Observation Record (COR), and through a formalized process, the Program Quality Assessment (PQA).  For more information, go to detroitk12.org/PreK

Other changes parents and students will see this fall as part of the Strategic Plan include more Arts/Music programs, new Community Schools serving as hubs of their neighborhoods, a new Parent University, Career Academies and better customer service – all centered on serving the needs of DPS students and families.

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