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    Mayor Martin J. Walsh has announced a $15 million investment to expand access to free, high-quality pre-kindergarten classroom seats for all 4-year-olds in Boston through Boston’s Quality Pre-K Fund, which will support the creation of 750 high-quality seats in Boston’s nationally recognized pre-K programs in Boston Public Schools (BPS) and in community-based organizations.

    “There is no better investment we can make than providing our children with a strong foundation of learning from an early age.”
    - Mayor Martin J. Walsh.

    What does high-quality pre-K mean?

    There are more than enough preschool classroom seats for 4-year-olds in Boston, but that does not mean all of them fit our definition of high-quality pre-K, which is:
    • All pre-K teachers have a degree in early childhood education, are prepared to teach in “inclusive” classroom settings to support students of all backgrounds, and earn the same starting salary as a Boston Public Schools teacher.
    • 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.
    • The classroom ratio is 2 educators for 20 students.
    • The program is accredited by a national early childhood accrediting body, and meets other accountability benchmarks.

    Where is Universal Pre-K Boston provided?

    Universal Pre-K Boston programming is provided in the Boston Public Schools along with numerous community based organizations. By offering pre-K through a citywide, mixed-delivery system, we can guarantee every 4-year-old in Boston a high-quality pre-K experience in a setting that works for their child and their family.

    How many high-quality pre-K seats are available?

    Since Mayor Walsh took office, his administration and BPS have cut the “high-quality pre-K seat gap” in half — from 1,500 to 750. The Quality Pre-K Fund will close the gap of the remaining 750 seats over the next five years. Currently, there are 3,191 K1 (pre-K for 4-year-olds) seats in BPS and community based organizations.

    Why invest in pre-K?

    Investing in quality early education leads to better scholastic outcomes. The BPS early childhood education program is play-centric, highly developmental, and leads to long-term academic gains for students with some of the most substantial impacts seen nationally. Research shows BPS pre-K students outperform those who do not attend pre-K on the state MCAS assessments in third and fifth grade. 


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