As part of its commitment to expand early childhood offerings, the District also offers partnerships with non-profit agencies to provide Head Start programs for ages 0-5
Detroit Public Schools 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 set to begin Monday, September 28, 2015. Along with home visits to all families, the District is excited to offer free full-day Pre-Kindergarten Monday-Thursday.
The District is also partners 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 city.
“At DPS, we embrace, support and provide high-quality early childhood education because we know a great foundation in early learning is the foundation for academic success,” said Wilma Taylor-Costen, Executive Director, DPS Foundation for Early Childhood.
The recruitment, eligibility and selection of Pre-K children and their families for Early Childhood programs within the Detroit Public Schools is an ongoing process throughout the school year. In order to become eligible for Detroit Public Schools’ Pre-K program, a child must be 4-years-old by September 1 of the current school year.
The following information is needed to determine eligibility:
- Birth Certificate
- Proof of Income (W-2, Pay Stubs, Public Assistance documents, etc.)
- Completed Child Application Form
- Proof of Disability (if applicable)
Additionally, all Pre-K teachers will hold an Open House/Registration on Friday, Sept. 25, 2015 until noon welcoming families for school tours.
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.