Public School Pre-K

Definition:

is a classroom-based preschool program for children below the age of five in the United States and Canada (when kindergarten starts). It may be delivered through a preschool or within a reception year in elementary school. Pre-kindergartens play an important role in early childhood education. They have existed in the US since 1922, normally run by private organizations. The U.S. Headstart program, the country's first federally funded pre-kindergarten program, was founded in 1967. This attempts to prepare children (especially disadvantaged children) to succeed in school.

Who's it for?

Early on, some children show characteristics that might cause them problems at school. Influencing factors include poverty, delayed development, poor language skills, premature birth, or prenatal drug exposure. Pre- kindergarten programs help prevent school failure. They usually serve three to five-year-olds. They provide activities that prepare children for success in elementary school and beyond.

Hours of operation:

Public pre-kindergartens usually run half-days and are free of charge. Most operate only during the school year.