Detroit Public Schools has announced the addition of 46 pre-kindergarten classrooms and other details of its universal pre-K program.

The initiatives are part of the district's strategic plan to increase enrollment and improve academic performance.

The plan also includes moving an additional 21 Pre-K classrooms into DPS schools to create a more seamless transition to DPS kindergarten. The programs were operated by DPS within district-authorized charter schools, Educational Achievement Authority schools, or buildings that are closing during the 2012-2013 school year.

Earlier this year, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan released a report recommending pre-kindergarten programs for every poor student within 10 years. Just a few states make pre-K available to all 4-year-olds.

The Detroit district has been under state oversight since 2009. A budget deficit of more than $300 million has been pared to about $76 million.

New Preschool classrooms will be located at the following sites:

  • Academy of the Americas
  • Ann Arbor Trail
  • Beard Early Childhood
  • Bennett Elementary
  • Brewer Elementary-Middle School
  • Burton International Academy
  • Carleton Elementary School
  • Clemente, Roberto Academy
  • Detroit International Academy for Young Women
  • Douglass Academy for Young Men
  • Durfee Elementary-Middle School
  • Earhart Elementary-Middle School
  • Emerson  Elementary-Middle School
  • Edison Elementary School
  • Fleming Pre-K
  • Golightly Education Center
  • Maybury Elementary School
  • Palmer Park Preparatory Academy
  • Pulaski Elementary-Middle School
  • Robeson, Paul-Malcolm X Academy (at Hally)
  • Vernor Elementary School
  • Wayne Elementary School
  • Young, Coleman A. Elementary
  • Adult Education Center – East
  • Adult Education Center – West

The district is also creating five new Early Learning Neighborhood Centers at Beard, Emerson, Fleming, Golightly Education Center and Palmer Park Preparatory Academy.