Dallas County is off to a great start to the school year with an increase of 1,348 more children registered for Pre-K! Congratulations to all those involved in our countywide Early Pre-K Registration Campaign! This marks the second consecutive year of increase and a notable step toward our collective goal to ensure at least 80% of children are kindergarten ready by 2025.
This year’s Early Pre-K Registration campaign featured the combined efforts of nine local districts — Cedar Hill ISD, Coppell ISD, Dallas ISD, DeSoto ISD, Grand Prairie ISD, Irving ISD, Lancaster ISD, Mesquite ISD, and Richardson ISD — making it the largest district-level effort to date. The commitment of four additional districts, collaborative planning efforts and assorted outreach strategies greatly expanded the reach well beyond that of the 2015 campaign.
Registration and outreach efforts were also greatly supported by community partners and stakeholders. Over 140 organizations, businesses and individuals were equipped with 105,000 flyers! Libraries, community centers, food pantries, clinics, churches, local nonprofits and other stakeholders have championed the importance of early learning to families across Dallas. Thank you to Workforce Solutions of Greater Dallas for making this possible! And thank you to all of the partners that continue to prove the power of our collective action.
If you’d like to be involved with the 2017 Pre-K Registration effort, please contact Kim Manns at Kimberly.Manns@commit2dallas.org.
Articles featuring this year’s Early Pre-K Registration Campaign:
- Dallas ISD’s pre-K enrollment hits 11,000 for the first time, Dallas Morning News, September 8, 2016
- When should workforce training start? As early as pre-K, Dallas coalition says, Dallas Morning News, September 9, 2016