For Immediate Release
Date: April 4, 2024

Will
Griffin
Chief
Communications

(571) 372-0613

Department of Defense Education Activity to implement Universal Prekindergarten for School Year 2024-2025

Department of Defense, Universal PreKindergarten Program Badge

The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) is pleased to announce the implementation of Universal Prekindergarten in 80 locations for School Year 2024-2025. This initiative marks the first phase of a comprehensive three-phase plan aimed at enhancing early childhood education within the DoDEA school system.

In Phase I, 80 schools will introduce the Universal Prekindergarten Program, providing a solid foundation for the educational journey of our military-connected youngest learners. Building on this momentum, an additional 10 schools will join the program in Phases II and III, extending the reach and impact of this initiative.

DoDEA has a long history of supporting military families, and this marks a significant milestone in that commitment. While select schools have previously offered the Sure Start Program and half-day prekindergarten to eligible families, the Universal Prekindergarten Program represents the first time DoDEA will implement a full-day prekindergarten program across all its primary schools.

Mr. Thomas Brady, Director of DoDEA, stated, "The approval of the Universal Prekindergarten Program underscores our dedication to providing the highest quality education to military-connected children. Early childhood education is a critical foundation for future academic success, and we are excited to offer this opportunity to all our primary school students."

The Universal Prekindergarten Program will focus on fostering a supportive and engaging learning environment for children to enhance cognitive, social, and emotional development, and prepare students for a seamless transition into kindergarten.

Key features of the program include:

  • Qualified and experienced early childhood teachers and paraprofessionals.
  • Age-appropriate curriculum tailored to individual needs.
  • Play-based learning encourages creativity and critical thinking.
  • Collaborative partnerships with parents and families.

DoDEA remains committed to providing a world-class education to military-connected students, and the Universal Prekindergarten Program represents a significant stride toward that goal. As we embark on this journey, we look forward to the positive impact it will have on the lives of our youngest learners and the entire DoDEA community.

Visit the DoDEA website for more information on the Universal Prekindergarten Program.

 

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