Inside the plan to expand universal pre-K in Cambridge

Cambridge plans to offer free preschool to all 4-year-olds in the city starting in the fall of 2024, becoming one of only a few Massachusetts cities to guarantee free access to all eligible kids.

Children who turn 4 by Aug. 31, 2024 are eligible to apply starting this winter. The planned expansion will also reach a limited number of 3-year-olds.

The Cambridge Preschool Program builds beyond the current lottery system for 3- and 4-year-olds offered through the city’s public school system, Department of Human Services Programs, Head Start and community-based programs.

Currently, these programs serve over 700 Cambridge 3- and

Kindergarten Screening Information for the 2023-24 School Year

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The William Floyd School District is excited to welcome incoming kindergartners for the 2023-2024 school year! The district will be holding Kindergarten Screening beginning on Monday, June 26 through Thursday, June 29 and on Monday, July 31 through Thursday, August 3. Appointments are between the hours of 8:15 am and 3:15 pm.

All Kindergarten Screening appointments for the district, regardless of where students will attend, will be held at Tangier Smith Elementary School. All incoming kindergartners, including students that participate in the UPK program, will be screened this summer. This screening is not appropriate for students attending Tangier Smith; students

Legislature codifies ‘Transition to Kindergarten’

About a decade ago, Promise Kindergarten launched with a 10-week program for pre-kindergarten students at Bellingham Public Schools.

Washington’s first iteration of Transitional Kindergarten (TK) was intended to offer a jumpstart to kindergarten for children in families who otherwise could not access early childhood education, said Ferndale Superintendent Kristi Dominguez, who was one of the Bellingham teachers to launch the program.

Since then, the program has expanded, in some cases to full-year, all-day classes, and to more than 100 districts across the state. This year, the Legislature codified it into law as Transition to Kindergarten (TTK) with the passage of