Boston's Universal Pre-K

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    Prepare your child for success! Preschool gets your child ready for school with a strong foundation for learning now. 

    The Boston Public School preschool program is one of the strongest in the nation! Research shows children who attend BPS preschool are more prepared for kindergarten in areas of early math, reading, and social emotional development.

    Eligibility 

    The BPS Universal Pre-K program provides high-quality preschool for every 4 year old living in Boston at no cost to families. 

    All Boston children who are 4 years old by September 1, 2019 are eligible. The preschool program is a full six-and-a-half hour school day at either a BPS school or at a community early learning center. 

    Universal Pre-K is funded by $15 million from Mayor Martin J. Walsh, who is committed to providing a high-quality education to every child in every neighborhood. 

    Enroll your child today! 

    For the current school year of 2019-2020, BPS has availability at many early learning centers throughout Boston with flexible options at no cost to families. Enroll today!

    Learn more about the early learning centers that offer BPS pre-k. 

    At this time, students enrolling at a community early learning center for universal pre-k will still need to register to participate in the lottery assignment process for a kindergarten class at Boston Public Schools. 

    ***Pre-K classrooms in BPS schools for the current 2019-2020 school year are almost at full capacity and most schools are on waitlists*** 

    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.
     

Contact Us

  • Joelle Auguste
    Family Engagement & Comprehensive Services Manager
     
     
    Cell: (857) 342-2738
    Work: (617) 635-9063
     
    You can also reach out directly to a community early learning center program to schedule a site visit.