On Sunday, Mayor Bill Finch announced the launch of pre-K enrollment.
According to a press release sent out by the Mayor’s Office, nearly 4,000 free or reduced cost pre-K slots are available across the city, open to Bridgeport children who turn 4 years old by January 1, 2016 and whose family income qualifies.
These slots are a part of Bridgeport’s broader push toward universal pre-K.
“Having sent my four boys through pre-K I know firsthand the importance of quality early childhood education,” said Finch.
“The research is clear: If kids aren’t reading at the level they should be by third grade, they’re less likely to graduate. That is why quality, universal early childhood education is so essential if we want to prepare our kids for jobs in the future.”
As reported by Education Bridgeport! last month, the Mayor, Superintendent Fran Rabinowitz and the United Way announced a new pre-k initiative aimed at ensuring every child in Bridgeport has access to high-quality early childhood education.
Over the last year, 366 new free and reduced cost pre-K slots have been added through state and federal funding. Altogether, more than 90 percent of Bridgeport 3- and 4-year-olds have access to early childhood education; however, according to the superintendent, only two-thirds attend pre-K programs.
“We want to set our sights higher,” said Finch at the annual meeting of the Bridgeport Youth Alliance for Young Children.
“We are forming a taskforce to create a universal pre-K definition specific to the Park City and to create a plan to make sure quality pre-K is accessible and affordable for all parents. We are off to a strong start,” said Finch.
More information on the available pre-K slots can be found here.
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