On Monday, March 29th, Chicago Public School (CPS) elementary schools will find out whether or not their Preschool for All programs will close at the end of the current school year.
Preschool for All is former Governor Rod Blagojevich's five-year plan to offer voluntary, high-quality preschool to all three- and four-year-olds. According to Early Learning Illinois, the goal of Preschool for All is to ensure that all children are well prepared to succeed in school and in life.
Between elementary school and community-based early childhood education programs, Preschool for All serves over 14,000 children. While it is not yet clear how many seats will be lost in the coming school year, the proposed district budget for next year includes $34 million in cuts to the Office of Early Childhood Education.