IPS to offer full-day preschool for families in school district

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Indianapolis Public School will soon offer full-day preschool for families living in the school district.

Beginning this fall, 1,400 4-year-old students will benefit from the program, which will operate on a regular school schedule and be curriculum-based.

The new initiative follows the school district’s full-day kindergarten program, which IPS officials said has improved students’ academic performance.

The program will be available at 30 schools, including two additional elementary schools that IPS plans to reopen.  Those schools, George Washington Carver Elementary and Francis Bellamy Elementary School, will be solely preschool sites.

Interested parents can learn more about the program and how to enroll their children at two information fairs at the Arsenal Tech High School cafeteria.  Event times include:

  • Saturday, Jan. 19 from 9 a.m. to noon
  • Wednesday, Jan. 23 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Parents should bring IDs, two documents to prove they live in the IPS district (ie: bills with address) and their children’s birth certificates and immunization records.


  • ClanSmokeJaguar

    >which will operate on a regular school schedule and be curriculum-based


    There's so much wrong with this!

    First off, IPS struggles to teach graduating students that 1+1 does NOT equal KAT! lol How the hell will they try to teach children this young?

    Secondly, IPS is always hollering about $$$ but somehow they have enough $$$ to provide little more than free babysitting?

    I smell some sort of trickery concotted by that charlatan and fool, Eugene White!

  • cindygibbs

    I am not in the IPS distict but my grandson does attend Wayne preschool,I also have one that attended 2 yrs ago,his kindergarten and first grade teacher both replied that they can tell the difference in a child that attended preschool from one that did not,,,so free babysitting,,I don't think so!! good luck parents I am glad that your children have this opp.!

  • Rachel

    IDs? Sounds like disenfranchisement to me! If people can't find IDs to vote, how can they possibly do it to enroll their kids? Of course, I'm being sarcarstic here.

  • William

    Just lowered the age of the inner city dumping ground. Most of these parents don't give two Sh:?s about providing a head start or early education. Just 4 extra years of entitlements. Not to mention Eugene the dancing machine is just trying to up his head count to soak the state for extra $$

  • Donna

    I think this is wonderful now these mothers can get a job they won't have any excuses now! They also need to make sure they have an alarm clock so they can get up to send them.

  • MeatPlow

    Daaang, everyone is on the money with the comments.
    Might I also suggest full week boarding too. Crank out the babies and dump them on the state AND make a buck at it. I'm in the wrong business.

  • michelle

    I believe this will be a great alternative to head start where they enroll based on financial need. If parents are sitting at home and don't work then they qualify for head start because of their income. If some young mothers do work and don't make a lot of money they are overqualified financially. With IPS preschool, it's not based on income, so all children can benefit. The only problem I see is transportation. There is none available so parents that do work, you're going to have to arrange work around school.

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