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New Online Platform and Expansion Help More Chicago families Access Pre-K!

Mayor Emanuel announced a new universal enrollment tool that will help parents and families across the city to more easily enroll in expanded pre-k and programming for their 3 and 4 year olds.

The Mayor also announced an expansion of full day pre-k to serve an additional 1,000 preschoolers this school year.

By making the pre-k enrollment process easier and more accessible for parents, this new online tool is designed to boost pre-k enrollment, which has been shown to have significant impacts on a child’s literacy levels and future academic performance.

Since taking office, Mayor Emanuel has made it a priority to expand high-quality early learning programming, expanding full-day pre-k opportunities to serve 17,000 children this school year, an increase of 60 percent.

This comes on the heels of yesterday’s announcement of record-high NWEA test scores by CPS students, which prove that 6 out of 10 students are reading at or above the national average at CPS, with more than half outpacing peers nationally in math. This is another in a long line of recent achievements by CPS students, confirming that while the academic progress by Chicago’s students is trending up — that city’s recent investments in education are paying off.