FWCS Expands Pre-K Program - March 13, 2018

Record Number: 17030
Displayed from: Mar 13, 2018 , until: May 13, 2018

Fort Wayne Community Schools is expanding its Title I pre-kindergarten program by offering full-day programs at Adams and Study elementary schools beginning in the 2018-19 school year. Beginning in the fall, FWCS will also accept On My Way Pre-K grants at all Title I pre-K locations.

“We are excited to be able to offer full-day pre-K at Adams and Study, which will give students extra time to learn in a fun, age-appropriate learning environment,” said Get Nichols, Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education. “While we make the most of our time in our half-day programs, these two schools will have the opportunity to expand lessons and explore concepts at a deeper level. At the end of the school year, we will evaluate the programs’ success to determine if we can expand other programs to full day.”

Earlier this school year, FWCS announced the pre-K program at Whitney Young Early Childhood Center and pre-K for 4-year-olds at Bunche Montessori Early Childhood Center, which are both magnet schools, would be full day beginning in the fall.

FWCS also offers half-day pre-K at 15 additional schools, and beginning next year, all Title I pre-K programs will accept On My Way Pre-K grants. This year, Adams and Bloomingdale elementary schools accepted the grants as a pilot program. Next year, all 17 elementary schools with Title I pre-K will have spots available for students qualifying for the grant.

“We believe in the value of quality early childhood education,” Nichols said. “By expanding the number of schools accepting On My Way Pre-K grants, we are providing more access to our successful pre-kindergarten programs. We know that the sooner children enter a high quality program, the more success they will have in kindergarten and beyond.”

All Title I pre-K programs are fully accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and have earned the Level 4 Paths to Quality rating. Paths to Quality is Indiana’s statewide rating system for early care and education programs.

Parents can learn more about FWCS’ pre-kindergarten offerings at pre-K registration at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 20. Registration takes place at each elementary school offering pre-K. The following week, at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27, registration will take place for kindergarten students at all FWCS elementary schools.

Additional information can be found at www.fortwayneschools.org by clicking on the pre-K/K registration box. Parents with additional questions can also call the Family and Community Engagement Center at 260.467.7250 or use the Let’s Talk! platform on the FWCS website.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.