Thousands of DPS pre-kindergarten students head to class for the first day of school Sept. 22

Approximately 3,000 Detroit Public Schools pre-kindergarten students head to school for the first time on September 22, 2014 as part of DPS’ commitment to expand free high-quality pre-kindergarten. Schools have planned special events to welcome families.

About DPS Early Childhood

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).

The district will offer free pre-kindergarten in 189 Great Start Readiness and Title I pre-kindergarten classrooms, including four of the top 10 ranked preschool programs in the city that were newly rated this week by Excellent Schools Detroit. DPS’ Pre-K classrooms include new programs at Chrysler Elementary and Nichols Elementary, where a satellite Pre-K classroom will be held at nearby Moses Field. Both Chrysler, ranked as one of the top ten elementary schools in the city by Excellent Schools Detroit, and Nichols have never before offered parents an early childhood education option.

The district also recently announced 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. Pre-kindergarten classrooms will be leased to the agencies at Beard, Earhart, Durfee, Gompers and Mark Twain. In total, DPS will house 205 Pre-K classrooms across the district, which is an increase in early childhood programming.

Parents interested in finding out more about DPS’ early childhood education program offerings should call DPS’ Foundation for Early Learners at (313) 347-8923.  To see all sites, go to

DPS’ Top Pre-K programs ranked in the Top 10 by Excellent Schools Detroit include:

Harms Elementary School Pre-K (Silver medal)

Cooke Elementary School Pre-K (Silver medal)

Ellington Conservatory of Music & Art at Beckham Academy Pre-K (Silver medal)

Burton International School Pre-K (Silver medal)


Bronze medal rankings:

Beard Early Learning Pre-K

Carver STEM Academy Pre-K

Dixon Learning Community Pre-K

Emerson Elementary-Middle Pre-K

Fisher Magnet Lower Academy Pre-K

Gardner Elementary Pre-K

Neinas Elementary Pre-K

Palmer Park Preparatory Academy Pre-K

Thirkell Elementary Pre-K


On the path to medal-level quality rankings:

Bates Academy Pre-K

Bow Elementary-Middle Pre-K

Carleton Elementary Pre-K

Charles Wright Pre-K

J.E. Clark Preparatory Academy Pre-K

Gompers Elementary-Middle Pre-K

Marquette Elementary-Middle Pre-K

Schulze Elementary-Middle School Pre-K

Thurgood Marshall Elementary Pre-K


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