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Preschool Enrollment

Preschool Enrollment
Posted on 07/03/2019

Committed to providing diverse opportunities for Springfield students to achieve academic success, Springfield Public Schools has expanded its pre-school programming, providing free half-day and full-day pre-school seats, including an additional 296 full-day seats beginning in the 2019-2020 school year. 

“Research shows that high quality pre-school provides a substantial head start for young students,” said Superintendent of Schools Daniel Warwick. “They enter kindergarten primed to learn, acclimated to the school schedule and already adept at the social skills necessary for communication and collaboration – even at their young age.” 

Warwick said that the district’s most recent Kindergarten Readiness Assessment survey indicated that only six percent of Springfield students are adequately prepared for kindergarten when they start school. “We found this data completely unacceptable and knew we had to prioritize early education, especially because of the promise it holds for future academic success all the way from elementary to high school,” said Warwick.

While Springfield Public Schools has offered free pre-school programming, the program had remained limited in scope and size. Historically, the district offered approximately 200 full day pre-school seats at only two schools. After a successful pilot last year, the 2019-2020 school year pre-school programming will be extended to include 20 schools and 643 seats. The investment cost the district more than $1.5 million, according to Warwick.

In addition, Margaret C. Ells School, located at 319 Cortland Street, has been transformed into the district’s second early education “hub,” serving only pre-school students beginning this fall. The school previously housed pre-school through second grade.  This hub will mirror the experience for preschool students provided at the Early Childhood Education Center at 15 Catharine Street.

Springfield families with children aged three and four may register their child for preschool at the Parent and Community Engagement Center (PACE), located at 91 School Street. The phone number is 413-787-6959. The PACE center is open throughout the summer. 

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