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Pre-K 4 SA

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.
Camille Phillips / Texas Public Radio

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.

City of San Antonio

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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Millions of families in the U.S. have a hard time accessing healthy foods, especially low-income households. One San Antonio program is hoping to help get more fresh produce into home-cooked meals. 

At the second produce market of the year for Pre-K 4 SA, 5-year-old Robin Torres is begging her grandma for a bag of Brussels sprouts. "Vegetables make you feel better and healthy," Torres says. 

This early education program serves mostly families that qualify for free-lunch programs, or food stamps. Pre-K 4 SA serves 1,700 students at four centers across San Antonio.

Ryan E. Poppe

Governor Greg Abbott’s plan to  increase access to Pre-K education is one step away from becoming law. The legislation is one of the items listed by Abbott during his State of the State address at the beginning of the session.

The House bill sponsored by New Braunfels Republican Sen. Donna Campbell would establish a high-quality Pre-K program, which was one of Governor Abbott’s campaign promises and stressed as a legislative priority at the start of the session.

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