The district increased its commitment to providing more Pre-k
programs at the beginning of this school year, when it began
making pre-K programs available to all qualified 4-year-olds in
the City of Detroit in conjunction with its new 5-year Strategic
Plan. Enrollment in early childhood education programs for the
2013-14 school year stands at 3,363, which represents growth of
5 percent over the previous year.
“Research clearly shows that providing children with Early
Childhood Education programs is essential to their personal
growth and future academic success,” said DPS Emergency Manager
Jack Martin. “DPS remains committed to providing these
critical programs to as many Detroit children as possible.”
The addition of seats to both the Great Start Readiness and
Title I Pre-K programs means that more children than ever before
will be able to take advantage of DPS early childhood education
programs, because enrollment in these two programs is offered to
a broader range of children.
DPS will no longer be including Head Start, which qualifies
children based solely on their meeting poverty level
requirements, in its early childhood education program
Any child who would qualify for a Head Start program, would also
be eligible to qualify for either the Great Start Readiness
and/or Title I Pre-K programs. DPS' believes that all Pre-K
teachers providing instruction in Head Start-funded classrooms
will likely be absorbed into the planned expansion of the Great
Start Readiness and Title I-funded classrooms.
Detroit Public Schools’ prekindergarten classroom curriculum is
aligned with the National Early Childhood Standards and Michigan
State Board of Education, Early Childhood Standards of Quality.
To ensure fidelity to the standards, the early childhood
programs are monitored through an inclusive and collaborative
The building principal, central staff and program supervisors
monitor teaching and learning through the prekindergarten
classroom visitation system, teacher evaluation, student
assessments Child Observation Record (COR), and through a
formalized process, the Program Quality Assessment (PQA).
In addition, the PNC Grow Up Great program, which
expanded and doubled the number of classrooms within DPS in
2013-14, will continue to provide a wide variety of educational
enhancements, such as professional development sessions and
individual coaching for teachers, field trips, classroom visits
by arts and science staff, new books and equipment. Grow Up
Great serves 28 classrooms in 15 DPS schools.
Parents interested in finding out more about DPS’ early
childhood education program offerings should call DPS’
Foundation for Early Learners at 313.347.8923.