Unwrap The Gift Of Early Education This Holiday

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Limited Seats Still Available for Three-Year-Old Pre-Kindergarten in January

Dr. Vargas and District staff

Photo Opportunity:
·        Dr. Vargas and District staff in new “gift-wrapped” Pre-K 3 classroom
·        18 backpacks with personalized holiday gift tags waiting for incoming three-year-olds

Tuesday, December 22, 2015 – 10:30 a.m.

Enrico Fermi School No. 17
158 Orchard Street

On Monday, January 4, 2016, more than 650 three-year-olds begin pre-kindergarten in classrooms at Rochester schools and community organizations. At School No. 17, backpacks adorned with holiday bows and personalized gift tags are waiting to be opened by a new class of 18 three-year-old students.

 There are limited seats still available in some Pre-K 3 classrooms for any child who turned three by December 1. Parents should visit the Student Placement Office at 131 West Broad Street to apply.

 In September, the District was awarded an $11.9 million grant to expand full-day Pre-K programs to three-year-olds beginning January 2016. Rochester received the maximum funding allowed under the grant program and the largest award of any district. In January the District will add three-year-old classrooms at six schools and community organizations who currently teach four-year-olds.

Beginning last year, the District has offered full-day Pre-Kindergarten to all four-year-olds in the City. In the 2014-15 school year, about 2,200 four-year-olds enrolled in Pre-K, with well over 90 percent in full-day programs—some families prefer a half-day. Roughly half the four-year-old students attend Pre-K in city schools and half are in programs the District oversees at community organizations.

In December of 2013 the District received a separate grant—also the largest award in the State—to offer full-day Pre-K programs to more four-year-olds. Before that grant, more than 70 percent of Pre-K students were in a half-day program.