Expanding access to full-day prekindergarten at nine schools, offering more families the opportunity to give their young learners a strong foundation. This continues our push for universal pre-k countywide within the next few years. To help with this effort, we are launching an expanded universal pre-k pilot program in 17 schools.
As of March 2020, Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) provided 4,196 full-day four-year old slots. Eighty-seven percent (3,645 slots) were funded through the Supplemental Pre-K grant. Since the onset of the pandemic, a subsequent decrease in enrollment levels occurred and are attributed to the challenges imposed by the pandemic in the last quarter of the 2019-2020 school year.
However, in the 2020-2021 school year, PGCPS has been able to provide 2,841 full-day prekindergarten slots to four-year olds. Although the total number of slots provided in this current school year decreased due to a decline in enrollment, 99% (2,813 slots) are funded by the Supplemental Pre-K grant. And, the Supplemental Pre-K grant funds empowered PGCPS to convert 240 half-day slots to full-day slots. Additionally, in partnership with a community provider other than Head Start, PGCPS has the ability to offer 36 additional slots during fiscal 2021. December Survey 2020
The Early Childhood office submitted an application to the Maryland State Department of Education for the PreK Enhancement Grant. The proposed amount of funding is $2,678,600.00 and will support a summer school program and fall 2021 tutoring program. This initiative is set to take place March 1, 2021 - December 30, 2021.
Additionally, PreK teachers, students, and families continue to be supported in virtual instruction by our Early Childhood staff. For the 2020-21 school year, PGCPS is servicing approximately 2,841 students within 17 Half-Day Schools, 90 Full-Day Schools and 2 Community Partners. To support kindergarten readiness, each student continues to have access to Hatch Ignite or Waterford UpStart instructional software.
Further, student supply kits and books were distributed this winter to enhance the virtual learning experience by providing students with hands-on materials to support student engagement and the learning of kindergarten readiness standards. Every student mentioned above received a winter kit to replace their fall kit that included:
Also, students received copies of "Growing Vegetable Soup, "Yo! Yes?", "Wonderful Worms," "The Way I Feel," and "My Friend is Sad" for their home libraries.