MNPS Expanding Pre-Kindergarten Fee Structure to Provide Access and Equity for Families
Application period begins March 1
Nashville, Tennessee - Feb. 15, 2018 – Metro Nashville Public Schools announced today it is expanding its Pre-K fee structure to better support equity and access to such programs. MNPS will narrow the achievement gap by ensuring all families, regardless of location, income, or academic need, have access to the benefits of early childhood education.
“The expansion of our fee-structure will allow even more families access to our programs designed to engage children in project-based learning, opportunities for outdoor learning, and active engagement in meaningful experiences and hands-on work,” said Phyllis Phillips, director of MNPS’ Pre-Kindergarten Program.
Now, any family can apply for the program because of a new sliding-fee scale based on the number of members in a household and annual income. Economically-disadvantaged and exceptional education students will continue to enroll in Pre-K at no charge. The across-the-board Pre-K fee structure begins in the 2018-19 school year and aligns with 41 other classrooms currently serving as fee-based Pre-K programs.
While moving to a comprehensive fee-structure, a percentage of costs will continue to be funded by the district to ensure fees remain affordable for families. The Pre-K fee structure applies to the district’s 29 blended classrooms as well as the Ross, Ivanetta Davis and Casa Azafrn Early Learning Centers, which have been open enrollment options. Cambridge Early Learning Center, which receives funding from a Federal Pre-K expansion grant, is not included in the Pre-K fee structure.
Metro School’s Pre-K program has experienced steady growth. In the last two years, the program added 22 classrooms to accommodate 440 more Pre-K students. The district’s commitment to Early Childhood Education has also garnered investments in the classroom and in curriculum, including upgrades to furniture and materials to address academic needs and the incorporation of social and emotional learning concepts to better prepare children for kindergarten. Additionally, Pre-K programs offer other support services to families and students, such as before and after-care, nutrition services, family engagement, and health services.
The application period for Pre-K begins March 1 and ends March 29. Visit https://www.mnps.org/early-childhood-education/ for services offered at each site.
Metro Nashville Public Schools is one of the nation’s top 50 largest school districts, preparing 88,000 students for higher education, work and life. With the goal of being the first choice for Nashville families, Metro Schools is committed to #ExceedingGreatExpectations with the mission of delivering a great public education to every student, every day. The district is earning a national reputation for urban school reform, social and emotional learning and rising academic achievement. The governing body for Metro Schools is the Metropolitan Nashville Board of Public Education, a nine-member elected body. For more information, visit MNPS.org, or follow us on Twitter @MetroSchools or Facebook /MetroSchools.