As part of its commitment to expand early childhood offerings, the district also is announcing new partnerships with non-profit agencies to provide new Head Start programs for ages 0-5 in five schools
Detroit Public Schools announced it will continue its commitment to expand early childhood educational opportunities by providing 189 Pre-Kindergarten classrooms across the district in both its Great Start Readiness and Title I Pre-K programs.
The district is also announcing it will partner with two non-profit agencies, Development Centers, Inc. and Southwest Counseling Solutions, Inc., to offer 16 additional early childhood classrooms for ages 0-5. In total, DPS will house 205 Pre-K classrooms across the district, which is an increase in early childhood programming.
New Pre-K programs will be housed at Chrysler and Moses Field, a feeder early childhood program to Nichols Elementary. Chrysler and Nichols have never before offered parents an early childhood education option. There are no income restrictions for City of Detroit residents attending the Title classrooms, such as those at Moses Field and Chrysler.
Pre-Kindergarten classrooms will be leased to the agencies at Beard, Earhart, Durfee, Gompers and Mark Twain. Annual expected lease revenue generated at the sites will total $256,150, including leased office space at a sixth site.
DPS also invited the community to two ribbon-cutting/enrollment events for the new Pre-K classrooms at Moses Field and Chrysler Elementary. Free ice cream and give-aways were be offered at both sites.
Detroit Public Schools’ Pre-Kindergarten classroom curriculum is aligned with the National Early Childhood Standards and Michigan State Board of Education Early Childhood Standards of Quality. To ensure fidelity to the standards, the 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).
Parents interested in finding out more about DPS’ early childhood education program offerings should call DPS’ Foundation for Early Learners at (313) 347-8923.