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.