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DPSCD Expands Pre-K Programming with 1,200 new seats over Five Years: 17 Classes added District Wide for 2022-23 School Year

Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) has expanded its Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) that serves students who are 4 years old, by adding 1,200 Pre-K seats over the next five years. The Pre-K expansion is part of the district’s 20-year Facility Master Plan (FMP) that invests more than $700M in federal funding to improve and upgrade DPSCD’s facilities. For the upcoming 2022-23 school year, DPSCD will add 17 new classrooms and seats are still available. 

“This expansion will improve kindergarten readiness and naturally boost enrollment over time,” said Dr. Nikolai Vitti, Superintendent of Detroit Public Schools Community District. “Our Pre-K curriculum is evidence-based and builds a strong foundation for a child’s academic and social emotional development. We know high-quality early learning is a catalyst for social and academic growth for children.” 

New Pre-K classrooms will be added this fall across the district at the following schools: Mann, Vernor, Bagley, Marquette, Bow, Pasteur, A.L. Holmes, Erma Henderson, Mason, Marion Law Academy, Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural School (FLICS) and Carleton. Families interested in securing a seat, click here to get more information on the Pre-K expansion. 

In addition, we are also expanding classes at The School at Marygrove, in partnership with Starfish, the campus will welcome its first class of Kindergarten – 2nd grade students to the P-20 campus this fall. 

While recognizing the short-term, DPSCD is also envisioning longer term benefits with the Pre-K expansion. Over the next five years, the District expects that this initiative will increase DPSCD’s overall enrollment by more than 3,000 students. As important, it will increase facility utilization by an additional four percent, helping to maximize the use of DPSCD’s school buildings to serve our students and families.