Pre-K 4 SA enrollment opens for 2021-2022 school year
SAN ANTONIO – Pre-K 4 SA will open prekindergarten enrollment for its 2021-2022 school year on Feb. 1 for its four education centers and the Gardendale Early Learning Program, which teaches children in Pre-K through second grade. Parents of eligible students can apply online starting Feb. 1 or call the enrollment hotline at 210-206-7735. Each of the four education centers will be filled as qualifying applications are received, officials said in a news release. Enrollment at the four education centers is limited. Pre-K 4 SA will provide assistance to families who may need help finding other high-quality pre-kindergarten options if there are not enough seats at a Pre-K 4 SA center.
Fewer 4 year-olds enrolled in Pre-K; successful vaccine distribution will likely change that, officials say
Pre-K 4 SA is a sales tax-funded program approved by voters and was renewed after last fall’s election for another eight years. Baray said she believes that children learn best when in a consistent environment. “Young children also learn best if they are with other young children,” Baray said. But now that a vaccine has arrived, she will likely reconsider in-person Pre-K for her son next fall. “So I feel a lot better about it.”Camille Nixon decided to send her 4-year-old to school because she believes kids learn best when they are with other kids.
Election Results 2020: San Antonio voters approve Pre-K 4 SA, workforce training propositions and VIA transportation proposal
San Antonio voters approve all three propositionsSan Antonio voters have approved all three propositions, according to voting numbers released from the Bexar County Elections Department. Proposition B - the 1/8 cent tax for workforce development - will fund a workforce training and education program. And, the 1/8 cent tax for SA: Ready to Work will be diverted to transportation after its funding expires at the end of 2025. “I’m grateful to the San Antonio voting public that they support one another, especially during a time of crisis," Nirenberg said. Voters would essentially renew the sales tax for the same purpose, as the sales tax that voters approved in November 2012 will expire in 2021.
No additional COVID-19 cases among students at East Education Center, Pre-K 4 SA officials say
SAN ANTONIO – Test results indicate that no other COVID-19 cases exist among students at the East Education Center, Pre-K 4 SA officials announced on Tuesday. The announcement of no additional student cases follows Monday’s announcement that no other staff members were infected with the virus, Pre-K 4 SA officials said. However, one staff member’s test results are still pending, and they will remain in quarantine until their results are released. On Sunday, Pre K 4 SA officials announced that four staff members and one student at the East Education Center had tested positive for COVID-19. Read also:No additional positive COVID-19 cases among Pre-K 4 SA East Education Center staff, officials sayPre-K 4 SA closes East Education Center after 4 staff members, 1 student test positive for COVID-19
No additional positive COVID-19 cases among Pre-K 4 SA East Education Center staff, officials say
SAN ANTONIO – No additional staff members at the Pre-K 4 SA East Education Center have tested positive for COVID-19, officials said. The announcement comes one day after officials reported that four staff members and one student had tested positive for the virus at the campus. Pre-K 4 SA officials said all students and families were tested Monday and are awaiting results. “We are happy to learn that no additional staff have tested positive and are hopeful the same will be true for children," Baray said. “We will continue to consult with Metro Health as we work through our protocols designed to keep children, families and staff safe.”Related: Pre-K 4 SA closes East Education Center after 4 staff members, 1 student test positive for COVID-19
What to know about 3 sales tax propositions on the ballot in San Antonio
SAN ANTONIO – In the Nov. 3 general election, San Antonio voters will decide the fate of two 1/8 cent sales tax propositions, including the continuation of Pre-K 4 SA and the establishment of a workforce program. San Antonio residents will decide if the city will move forward with the renewal of a 1/8 cent sales tax to fund eight more years of the program. Voters would essentially renew the sales tax for the same purpose, as the sales tax that voters approved in November 2012 will expire in 2021. Proposition B - 1/8 cent tax for workforce developmentAs the 1/8 cent sales tax for aquifer protection is expected to meet its maximum next year, voters will decide if that money will be diverted to fund a workforce training and education program. It would increase ATD’s share of sales tax to 3/8 cents.
Pre-K 4 SA closes East Education Center after 4 staff members, 1 student test positive for COVID-19
SAN ANTONIO – Four staff members and one student have tested positive for COVID-19 at Pre-K 4 SA’s East Education Center, school officials announced Sunday. Due to the new positive cases, the East Education Center will be closed until further notice and students will transition to remote learning this week. As soon as Pre-K 4 SA was notified of the confirmed cases, staff implemented the following protocols:conducted contact tracing;identified children and staff needing to quarantine; andcleaned and disinfected the building. All students who were in classrooms with a staff member who has tested positive will be tested Monday as well, the learning center says. The East Education Center has since been cleaned and disinfected by Pre-K 4 SA’s custodial team.
‘It has put San Antonio on the map,’: CEO of Pre-K 4 SA discusses early learning program
SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio voters will be asked if they want to continue to support Pre-K 4 SA, an early learning program, on the Nov. 3 ballot. “Pre-K 4 SA is San Antonio’s premier early learning program, and a lot of people know about our four award-winning education centers where we serve 500 four-year-olds in each one of those every year. In the first eight years of Pre-K 4 SA, Baray said the program will have served over 450,000 children in San Antonio. This is a proven program and it has put San Antonio on the map. San Antonio is the envy of communities across the nation because we were so smart to invest early in our youngest learners.
This Pre-K program offers free tuition for qualifying families
SAN ANTONIO – Parents, if you’ve been searching for pre-kindergarten options for your kids, there’s one option that, if you meet the criteria, you may get free tuition. Pre-K 4 SA is a comprehensive early childhood initiative aimed at changing the education and workforce trajectory of San Antonio in one generation. The program offers full-day pre-kindergarten classes for 4-year-olds living in the city of San Antonio. According to the study conducted by Westat, University of Pennsylvania, and Teachers College at Columbia University, Pre-K 4 SA generates even greater benefits. San Antonio sees $156 in benefits for every $100 invested in Pre-K 4 SA.
Bexar Facts poll finds majority support for all 3 propositions on November ballot in San Antonio
SAN ANTONIO – In a lengthy November ballot, San Antonio voters will be tasked to decide the outcomes of two 1/8 cent sales tax propositions. MORE: Bexar Facts poll: Joe Biden leads Donald Trump 52%-35% among likely Bexar County votersEach of the three propositions has support from a majority of registered voters in San Antonio, according to a Bexar Facts-KSAT-San Antonio Report Poll released Sept. 29. While the Bexar Facts poll generally surveys registered Bexar Facts voters, the questions for the city propositions were limited to registered voters who live in San Antonio. Voters would essentially renew the sales tax for the same purpose, as the sales tax that voters approved in November 2012 will expire in 2021. Results of a Bexar Facts-KSAT-San Antonio Report Poll show San Antonio voters are in favor of renewing the initiative, which is on the ballot as Proposition A.
Pre-K 4 SA supporters ask voters for another 8 years
SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio voters will be asked about a trio of sales tax initiatives on the Nov. 3 ballot, including a familiar program - Pre-K 4 SA. Its supporters hope voters will decide to renew the tax that provides most of the early childhood education program’s budget for another eight years. Most of the children meet state criteria for a free, pre-K education, while others attend on a sliding payment scale. Pre-K 4 SA CEO Sarah Baray said school districts are allowed several years to ramp up to full-day pre-K requirement under HB 3. These families, she said, fall in a gap between being eligible for free pre-K education and being able to afford it privately.
Pre-K 4 SA improves 3rd-grade STAAR results, has additional social outcomes, study shows
Pre-K 4 SA is a comprehensive early childhood initiative aimed at changing the education and workforce trajectory of San Antonio in one generation. The program offers full-day pre-kindergarten classes for 4-year-olds living in the city of San Antonio. The study found that Pre-K 4 SA amplified the positive impact of public prekindergarten. Historically, San Antonio students (of similar demographics) have also trailed behind the state average in third-grade math. “The outcomes of this impact study are encouraging and demonstrate Pre-K 4 SA has long-term positive results for students in San Antonio.