DPS Pre-Kindergarten Recruitment and Registration kicks into high gear Saturday, June 28 at the Detroit Children’s Museum, located at 6134 Second Avenue as part of the district’s DPS Family Saturdays at the Museum.
Beginning at 10 a.m., a free book will be offered to the first families that begin the Pre-K registration process, while supplies last. The recruitment event is part of a rollout by Detroit Public Schools announcing that it will expand early childhood educational offerings for the 2014-15 school year.
New Pre-K programs are being planned for Chrysler Elementary and Nichols Elementary, both of which have never before offered parents an early childhood education option. DPS’ Adult Education Department also will begin hosting classes at Beard Early Childhood Education Center, where students will be able to take advantage of Pre-K programs for their children. The district increased its commitment to providing more Pre-K programs at the beginning of this school year, when it began making Pre-K programs available to all qualified 4-year-olds in the City of Detroit in conjunction with its new five-year Strategic Plan.
The event at the Children’s Museum also coincides with DPS Family Saturdays at the Museum. In addition to traditional offerings at the Museum, such as the planetarium, dress up area, and sound/music room, Saturday’s special appearances will include a children’s mariachi band from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m., Brazilian Folkloric Dance, music, and acrobatics from 2 – 4 p.m., and representatives from the Detroit Public Library
About the Detroit Children’s Museum
The Children’s Museum, currently open to the Title 1 children of Detroit Public Schools, was founded in 1917 and is the third oldest children’s museum in the country. The Museum possesses nearly 2 million artifacts, of which about 900,000 are available to be loaned to the educators of Title 1 students of Detroit Public Schools, which greatly enhances the learning experiences of Detroit Public Schools’ children. The Museum has an extensive doll collection including a 300-year-old doll, which was once owned by the Chene family of Chene Street and Chene Park fame and that first visited Detroit in 1703. The Detroit Children’s Museum’s artifact collection encompasses items from every corner of the world, including extraordinary items such as Anasazi pottery, an Egyptian Cat Mummy, and a twelve foot Tiger Shark.
About DPS’ Pre-Kindergarten Recruitment, Enrollment and Selection Process
In order to become eligible for Detroit Public Schools Pre-Kindergarten Program, a child must be 4 years old byOctober 1 of the current school year. Following Saturday’s event, parents will be required to enroll by providing the following documentation to confirm eligibility:
- Birth Certificate
- Proof of Income (W-2, Pay Stubs, etc.)
- Completed Child Application Form
- Proof of Disability (if applicable)