The Update on Pre-School for All

August 13, 2009 at 10:27 am 3 comments

So it sounds like the Pre-School for All program has been saved for the upcoming school year.  At least anecdotely.  I don’t see any official news on the CPS website (www.cps.edu) or in the Trib or the Sun Times.

So I guess the tactic is “no news is good news.”  I know my neighborhood school WILL be offering the Pre-School for All progam this year, but to my dismay did not inform parents of any news along the way.  I’m sure some parents were aware that the program was at risk of being axed while others remained in ignorant bliss.   According to our principal CPS allegedly advised schools not to mention the whole situation to parents to avoid starting a frenzy (or more specificially causing parents to seek other options.)

So crisis has been avoided a mere 3 weeks before school starts and the free program will continue as planned.    From what I’ve read about the CPS budget crisis I have to assume that the program will be in jeopardy once again for the 2010/2011 school year.  I just hope the state and CPS can make it’s decision a little SOONER!

(Just to be sure, I’d call the school where your child is enrolled to inquire.  At the very least it lets them know that parents want information.)

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  • 1. Paul  |  August 13, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    I wholeheartedly agree. With the state and CPS making its decisions so late in the game, it put the schools in a terrible position. They could call all the families and tell them that they may not have preschool next year or keep them in the dark. Schools don’t want to unnecessarily alarm everybody if preschool will continue, but parents need some notice if preschool is going to be cancelled. The state’s and CPS’s decicision for next year needs to be made in the next month or so in order for schools to plan and communicate effectively with families.

  • 2. LR  |  August 18, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    I agree that if the program is in jeopardy, people should know. And maybe this is jumping the gun a bit, but couldn’t CPS save the Pre-K program by partially funding it through tuition? I’m thinking a pay-what-you-can-afford or sliding tuition scale type arrangement. It would be a real shame to see the program go away entirely, and then the only options left are private Pre-K’s, which are unaffordable to many.

  • 3. Paul  |  August 18, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    Yes, I think that would be a welcome change. I know that some schools have discussed a half-day tuition-based program modeled after the full-day tuition-based preschool, but I don’t know if that’s been approved by CPS yet. I haven’t heard about the sliding scale feature, but that would probably be a more equitable solution.

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