The safety of your child is our first priority. As we are navigating through the COVID-19 pandemic, information regarding seat availability will be updated on the website as we continue to adhere to the health and safety guidelines of the Department of Early Education & Care and the Center for Disease Control & Prevention. As of August 2020, our UPK community early learning centers are operating in-person pre-K and enrolling for this school year, but with strict limits on the number of children served. These limits may change in September 2020.
Prepare your child for success! Preschool gets your child ready for school with a strong foundation for learning now.
The Boston Public Schools preschool program is one of the strongest in the nation. Research shows children who attend BPS preschool are more prepared for kindergarten in the areas of early math, reading, and social-emotional development.
Pre-K Boston provides high-quality preschool for every 4-year-old living in Boston at no cost to families.
All Boston children who are four years old by September 1, 2020, are eligible. The preschool program is a six-and-a-half-hour school day at either a BPS school or a community early learning center.
Universal Pre-K Boston is funded by $15 million from the City of Boston and the office of Mayor Martin J. Walsh. Mayor Walsh is committed to providing a high-quality education to every child in every neighborhood.
What does high-quality pre-K mean?
- Boston Public Schools program exceeds national standards.
- All pre-K teachers have a degree in early childhood education and are prepared to teach in classroom settings to support students of all backgrounds and needs.
- Teachers receive ongoing professional development throughout the year to enhance their teaching.
- Expert coaches provide ongoing support to teachers.
- Students learn from the Boston Public Schools Focus on K1 Curriculum and Building Blocks Curriculum, which are national models in early childhood education.
- All classroom environments are age-appropriate and culturally responsive.
- Small classrooms with 2 educators for 20 students.
- Nationally accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
- Each community early learning center has a Parent Engagement Coordinator available to provide support to families to meet their individual needs.
Why is pre-k important for your child?
Research shows that children who attended the BPS Pre-k program continue to outperform students who did not attend, and have long-term academic achievement.
Students in our program will work towards becoming well-rounded students better prepared for school and life through:
- Play-centered learning in small classrooms;
- Developing routines and become comfortable with classroom structures;
- Building positive relationships with other children and teachers;
- Building social, emotional, critical thinking, math and reading skills; and
- Working independently and in groups to explore new ideas, question concepts, and share their feelings. becoming well-rounded students better prepared for school and life.
Joelle AugusteFamily Engagement & Comprehensive Services ManagerCell: (857) 342-2738Work: (617) 635-9063You can also reach out directly to a community early learning center program to schedule a site visit.