School District to Expand Pre-Kindergarten Registration Hours
PHILADELPHIA — The School District of Philadelphia will offer extended hours at its Education Center the week of May 14 for families to enroll their children in school-based, full-day, free pre-Kindergarten for the 2018-2019 school year.
“Providing our students a quality early childhood education is key to unlocking their potential later in life,” said Dr. William R. Hite, Superintendent of The School District of Philadelphia. “Early childhood education helps our students build upon the academic, social, and emotional skills that will set them up for success. I encourage all parents to enroll their children in pre-K.”
The District’s Pre-K Office in the Education Center at 440 N. Broad St. in Philadelphia will be open to accept applications from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. today, Monday, May 14 through Friday, May 18. Staff members will assist parents and guardians in completing applications.
To be eligible, children must be at least 3 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2018, and must not be age-eligible for kindergarten; children and families must live in Philadelphia; and families must meet current Head Start or Pre-K Counts income guidelines.
Students enrolled in pre-K will have access to wide-ranging educational curriculum; state-certified teachers; extensive health services; and free daily breakfast, lunch, and snack.
Families should bring copies of the following documents to the Education Center: proof of child’s date of birth (birth certificate, court document, or passport); child’s health insurance card; proof of Philadelphia address in the primary parent’s/guardian’s name; current state or federal photo ID of the primary parent/guardian; and eight current and consecutive weeks of gross income received by the primary parent/guardian, secondary parent/guardian and all children; current child physical (with immunizations) and dental.
The first day for school-based, full-day, free pre-K is August 27, 2018. More information about pre-K and a link to an application can be found online at philasd.org/prek.