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Pre-K 4 SA

HOLT CAT CEO Peter J. Holt, left, and former Texas Speaker of the House Joe Straus watch students at the Pre-K 4 SA North Education Center say the pledge of allegience during a news conference announcing their effort to extend funding for Pre-K 4 SA.
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A group of prominent San Antonio leaders and philanthropists launched a steering committee Monday to prepare for the 2020 election to renew local funding for Pre-K 4 SA.

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The first cohort of Pre-K 4 SA students had better attendance and received higher third-grade STAAR exam scores than students who were not enrolled in public prekindergarten, according to new data.


Pre-K 4 SA speaks to parents at Gardendale Elementary during an information night in January 2019.
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Starting next school year, the city’s preschool program will operate an early education center in the Edgewood Independent School District.

Pre-K 4 SA teacher Jaclyn Castillo reads to her class on March 2.
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The first study measuring the impact of Pre-K 4 SA is out, with glowing reviews for San Antonio’s locally-funded preschool program.

 


Pre-K 4 SA teacher Jaclyn Castillo reads to her class on March 2.
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Experts agree that early exposure to schooling is key to a child's brain development and ability to learn skills. 


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When the application period for San Antonio’s sales-tax supported preschool program opens Thursday, the program’s director expects seats to fill quickly.

San Antonio has received national accolades for collecting a special tax to fund a quality pre-school program called Pre-K 4 SA.  But Pre-K 4 SA doesn’t accept all children, and many middle income families in Bexar County can’t afford other pre-kindergarten programs. That concerns some educators.

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A three-year analysis of Pre-K 4 SA shows the voter-approved program is improving the readiness of children for kindergarten.

Both our current president and the presumptive Democratic nominee have talked a lot about expanding early childhood education. President Obama has backed up his rhetoric by creating Preschool Development Grants.

Texas Announces Hundreds of Schools Receiving Pre-K Grants

Jul 6, 2016
by Marjorie Kamys Cotera / The Texas Tribune

Editor's note: This story has been updated throughout.

Texas will divvy up more than $116 million among 578 school districts and charter schools to bolster high-quality pre-kindergarten programs, Education Commissioner Mike Morath announced Tuesday.

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