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Kindergarten Readiness

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Tempe PRE 


Tempe PRE is a two-year pilot program launched in 2017 by the Tempe City Council to increase access to high-quality preschool at no cost for qualifying families who live in Tempe. Families must be living at or below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. It is open to children who are age 3 or 4 by July 31 of the school year they are applying to, and children must be fully potty-trained.

Our program is currently designed to be 5 days a week, full day. We also offer free extended care hours at several of our sites, some of which are provided by Kid Zone, as well as camps during school breaks. 

Our classrooms have early childhood certified lead teachers and well trained instructional assistants. The classrooms implement the HighScope Preschool Curriculum, which promotes active, play-based and child-centered learning. 

The City of Tempe partners with the Tempe Elementary and Kyrene School District to offer programming at 13 elementary schools located in the City of Tempe.

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Read On Tempe

Read On is a statewide public/private partnership of agencies, foundations and community stakeholders who are committed to a collaborative approach to improving language and literacy outcomes for Arizona’s children from birth to age eight. Read On Tempe is engaged in a variety of initiatives and programs in an effort to improve reaching achievement in our city – particularly among our community’s at-risk children.