Fort Wayne Community Schools is taking steps to prepare future generations of children for success by taking steps now toward improving the opportunities for full-day pre-k beginning next fall. FWCS announced that beginning next fall Adams and Study Elementary will offer full-day programs. A media event to share more details about the expansion of pre-k is set for Tuesday, March 13th at 1:00 p.m. at Study Elementary (2414 Brooklyn Ave.).

“We are excited to be able to offer full-day pre-K at Adams and Study, which will give students extra time to learn in a fun, age-appropriate learning environment,” said Get Nichols, Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education. “While we make the most of our time in our half-day programs, these two schools will have the opportunity to expand lessons and explore concepts at a deeper level. At the end of the school year, we will evaluate the programs’ success to determine if we can expand other programs to full day.”

Earlier this school year, FWCS announced the pre-K program at Whitney Young Early Childhood Center and pre-K for 4-year-olds at Bunche Montessori Early Childhood Center, which are both magnet schools, would be full day beginning in the fall.

FWCS also offers half-day pre-K at 15 additional schools, and beginning next year, all Title I pre-K programs will accept On My Way Pre-K grants. This year, Adams and Bloomingdale elementary schools accepted the grants as a pilot program. Next year, all 17 elementary schools with Title I pre-K will have spots available for students qualifying for the grant.

“We believe in the value of quality early childhood education,” Nichols said. “By expanding the number of schools accepting On My Way Pre-K grants, we are providing more access to our successful pre-kindergarten programs. We know that the sooner children enter a high quality program, the more success they will have in kindergarten and beyond.

At the media event, you will hear more about the full-day program, see an FWCS’ pre-K program in action and learn more about the application process for parents to receive an On My Way Pre-K grant.

This post was created thanks to a collaboration with Krista J. Stockman, APR, Public Information Officer, Fort Wayne Community Schools.

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