Tempe’s free all-day preschool program accepting applications for School Year 2018/19
(Tempe, Ariz) – Although school year 2018/19 doesn’t begin until early August, Tempe PRE, the City of Tempe’s free preschool program, is accepting applications starting Thursday, Feb. 1, at www.tempe.gov/TempePRE.
All eligible applications submitted through March 11 have an equal chance at being selected in the randomized drawing to be held on March 12. To be eligible, a family must live in Tempe, have a household income at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level and have a child who is at least 3 years old by July 31, 2018.
“Our city created Tempe PRE to serve families with little or no access to high-quality preschool,” said Tempe Councilmember David Schapira. “Our primary goal is to help all students be ready for kindergarten, setting the stage for long-term school success.”
About half of the program’s 360 spots are expected to be vacant for next school year due to current students moving into kindergarten.
The 20 Tempe PRE classrooms are housed in 13 local elementary schools through partnerships with the Tempe Elementary School District and the Kyrene School District. Each classroom is led by an early childhood certified teacher and at least one teaching assistant to assure a 1:9 ratio of up to 18 students per room.
The Tempe PRE program also offers extended learning hours at most sites to allow flexibility for working parents or parents in school. During school breaks and summer recess, extended learning camps at select schools allow families to minimize time off work or the search for temporary childcare.
Tempe’s Education Roadmap
High-quality preschool in Tempe is a complement to the city's Education Roadmap. The roadmap identifies the community supports needed to attain a goal of 65 percent of Tempe’s adult population accessing post-secondary education, resulting in a certification to an advanced degree.
Success and goal achievement begin with the city’s youngest residents and a plan that ensures all Tempe children: live in stable and nurturing families; are mentally and physically healthy; are ready to succeed in school; live in safe and supportive neighborhoods and make successful transitions to adulthood.
For more about Tempe's education efforts, visit www.tempe.gov/education.
Marie Chapple Camacho, 480-848-6899
Nikki Ripley, 480-314-8850