In FY19, Mayor Walsh is investing in 80 additional pre-K seats that the City will be funding at community-based organizations (CBOs). This investment builds on the 250 seats at CBOs funded by a federal Preschool Expansion Grant (PEG) that the City of Boston and BPS partnered with MA Early Education and Care to secure in 2015. PEG funds high-quality seats in community-based organizations (CBOs) and serves as one of the templates for Boston’s Universal Pre-K system. This funding, as well as an earlier private/public partnership, will be used to provide the groundwork for an expansion of Pre-K seats in Boston through a mixed delivery system of BPS and community-based partners going forward.
BPS will continue to strengthen and expand programs, including full-day K1 classrooms for four-year-olds. More than 60% of BPS early childhood classrooms have earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), affirming that these programs offer high-quality, state-of-the-art education to help get children off to successful starts.