In September of 2017, something new arrived at BFDay…a City of Seattle sponsored Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K) classroom, complete with three wonderful staff and 20 high energy 4- and 5-year-olds. Led by Ms. Alice, with Mrs. Monica and Mr. Alvin, these 20 amazing children have been rocking room 206 with energy, learning, and community.
The Pre-K program welcomes children from families across the city. It was established in 2015 starting with 33 classrooms across the city and has now expanded to 54 classrooms throughout Seattle. The program provides sliding scale quality pre-kindergarten that emphasizes preparing children for school, development of pre-academic skills, and of course, those social and emotional skills that fit right into the way the BF Day community works. It is a place to reduce readiness-to-learn gaps.
Research has shown that every dollar invested in early childhood education returns many times back in benefits (read some of the data here: https://www.impact.upenn.edu/our-analysis/opportunities-to-achieve-impact/early-childhood-toolkit/why-invest/what-is-the-return-on-investment/)
As a grandparent of one of the Pre-K students, I can validate that our granddaughter has been thriving in class, loves her teachers and new friends, and is growing in her learning and ability to be a productive member of her class every day. Ms. Alice and Mrs. Monica regularly send home pictures and descriptions of what the children are doing in class which helps us feel informed and connected. Our children and grandchildren are also getting pretty savvy about BF Day and will be great hosts for any new kindergartners joining us. They know all the fun places to play, how to behave in the hallways, and of course, the BF Day song.
You don’t have to take just my word on it. Here’s a quote from another happy parent:
The SPP has been an amazing opportunity for us as a low-income family, as we would have otherwise had limited access and opportunities to a true education. By having my child attend an actual school with caring and attentive teachers, teaching a solid curriculum, in a safe environment, we will now have a head start on a road to educational success. I truly feel this program will further my child’s opportunities in the future and we are so grateful for the education and the community that this program has built. -Sara Lanzillotta
There were many, many more applicants for our program than spaces, letting us know early on that parents were seeking quality education for their little ones. And there are still many families with children who could benefit from the Pre-K program who don’t know about it. So if you know of a family, spread the word. The applications period for the 2018-2019 program is now open through April 25th to maximize your chances of getting a spot. You can find all the details at http://www.seattle.gov/education/for-parents/child-care-and-preschool/seattle-preschool-program. You can apply from any Seattle address, even outside of the BF Day boundaries, but it is a great school for the neighborhood. (To see all school boundaries, check here.) BF Day may even have two classrooms for the 2018-2019 school year. Stay tuned!
If anyone would like to know more about our Pre-K classroom, stop in and visit, or ask any of us parents or grandparents! We love to share, just like our little folks.