SCSD Adds Additional Pre-Kindergarten Classrooms, Thanks to NYSED Grant

     Published on 1/20/16   Tagged under:    District News   

Thanks to a $3.2 million grant from the New York State Education Department and partnerships with 10 community agencies, close to 350 additional three- and four-year-olds in the Syracuse City School District now have the opportunity to attend pre-kindergarten.
The newest Expanded Pre-Kindergarten (EPK) grant led to the creation of an AM/PM EPK classroom at Franklin Elementary, an AM/PM class at LeMoyne, an AM class at McKinley-Brighton and a PM class at Salem Hyde. It also led to new partnerships with two additional Universal Pre-K (UPK) sites, Access and Marcia Hector’s Around the Clock Childcare.
The purpose of the Expanded Prekindergarten Program is to increase the availability of high quality prekindergarten placements for high need children. The district will collaborate with partner agencies to provide these classes, including: Access, Around the Clock Child Care, Atonement Childcare Center, Catholic Charities of Onondaga County, Erwin Nursery School, Huntington Family Center, Learn as You Grow Early Education Center, MANOS (Partners in Learning), Parkside Children’s Center, PEACE, Inc.'s Head Start and the Salvation Army Syracuse Services.
Thank you to all of these community agencies for helping our youngest students get a valuable head start in #makinggreathappen!

To view photos of one of the newest Pre-K classrooms at Franklin Elementary, click through our Flickr album >>>