Why DCPS Early Childhood Education?
Research has shown that young children can benefit from participation in a high-quality early childhood program that is designed to support the full range of development.
We are proud to offer comprehensive programs for 3-year-olds (preschool) and 4-year-olds (pre-kindergarten) that provide stimulating activities and learning experiences to help prepare children for success in kindergarten and beyond.
In DCPS, children attend a full-day program, with small class sizes. Children participate in fun, engaging daily lessons designed to build language, literacy, math, science and other skills. They are regularly involved in activities that support physical development. And children take specials in music and art that enrich their experience.
We offer several academic program options to give families a variety of choices.
We are constantly working to improve school buildings, classroom spaces and playgrounds. In summer 2012, 11 elementary schools and education campuses will undergo modernization and will open in time for School Year 2012-2013 with new classrooms, amenities and furniture.
DCPS currently offers about 6,000 seats in our early childhood classrooms. Over the past two years, the early childhood education program has expanded by more than 55 classrooms to meet increased demand at these grade levels.
Throughout the expansion, the early childhood program continues to focus on quality and student-centered learning to ensure that all children at DCPS have a transformative early childhood experience and are prepared for kindergarten.
In addition to adding new classrooms, we have made a significant investment in new furniture, classroom materials, computers and high-quality professional development at Title I schools.
The Office of Early Childhood Education also has a partnership with Early Stages. DCPS offers placements for children with special needs including inclusion, non-categorical self-contained classes, and classes for children on the autism spectrum.
Learn more about the available programs, application, enrollment and resources for families.