Pre-K 4 SA

Pre-K 4 SA Implementation
9:35 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Local Transportation Service Wins Contract For Pre-K 4 SA

Pre-K 4 SA is expected to transport at least 50 percent of the students enrolled in the program, according to Deputy City Manager Peter Zanoni.
Ryan Loyd TPR

The Pre-K 4 SA board of directors has chosen its transportation service to take students to and from the model education centers.

Four firms competed for the contract to provide transportation services for San Antonio's Pre-K 4 SA program.

Two of them were national companies - Durham Transportation, and First Student, Inc. One was a small, family-owned Texas company - All Aboard Transportation, based in Tom Bean. The final one hails from San Antonio - Star Shuttle.

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Pre-K 4 SA Implementation
1:59 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Pre-K 4 SA Pre-Enrollment Continues, New Times/Locations

Pre-K 4 SA board member Pamela Ray speaks to parents and teachers who came to see the curriculum under consideration.
Ryan Loyd TPR

Wednesday is the start of pre-enrollment for San Antonio’s new early childhood education initiative, Pre-K 4 SA. 700 students in total will be selected for the inaugural classes at the two model education centers, located on the northwest and southeast sides of town.

The city changed the dates and locations of pre-enrollment, which is now scheduled to run through May 9.

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Pre-K 4 SA Implementation
4:58 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Pre-K 4 SA Board Names Interim CEO

Photo courtesy Kathy Bruck

Veteran educator Kathy Bruck has been chosen to lead Pre-K 4 SA as the program's interim CEO.

With nearly 40 years of experience in early learning, Bruck said her job in leading Pre-K 4 SA through its infant phases will effect students, teachers, and parents, not only within the Pre-K 4 SA model education centers, but in districts and schools throughout San Antonio.

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Pre-K 4 SA Implementation
11:21 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Committee Begins Building Pre-K 4 SA Curriculum With Public Input

Musical instruments are part of the curriculum being considered for the inaugural Pre-K 4 SA program.
Ryan Loyd TPR

The public got their first chance to see and touch the curriculum being considered for the Pre-K 4 SA early childhood education measure.

Four programs are on the table for consideration by the Pre-K 4 SA curriculum committee, including options from Pearson Publishing’s OWL (Opening the World of Learning) and Scholastic , but first they wanted to see what people thought of the materials.

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Early Education
3:26 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Texas Educators In San Antonio To Soak Up Pre-K Ideas

Mayor Julian Castro gives impassioned Pre-K 4 SA speech to educators from around the state at the Texas Early Learning Innovation Summit at UTSA Downtown.
Eileen Pace TPR

Educators attending the Texas Early Learning Innovation Summit at UTSA today seemed eager to gather information from San Antonio to take back to their own communities.

Pre-K 4  SA is making strides on its facilities, staffing, and curriculum, and although San Antonio initiated the program through a sales tax, Fort Worth ISD Superintendent Walter Dansby said residents there may be looking for another way to fund a program.

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Pre-K 4 SA Teacher Recruitment
2:26 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

San Antonio To Dallas Teachers: Come To Our City

Lisa Krantz for The Texas Tribune

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 6:10 am

Dozens of teachers on Thursday attended a recruiting fair hosted by the City of San Antonio at the Dallas Public Library.

The lure? A potential job teaching pre-K students and the chance to earn between $60,000 and $90,000 a year.

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Pre-K 4 SA Implementation
3:57 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Feeding The Body And Mind At Pre-K 4 SA Learning Centers

The garden and playground outside the northwest learning center is currently piled with dirt while the building is under construction.
Ryan Loyd TPR

A Pre-K 4 SA committee has voted to begin looking for vendors that will provide food services to the two model education centers, and city staffers want to erase the stereotype of traditional school lunches.

Deputy City Manager Peter Zanoni said there will be four food opportunities a day: breakfast, lunch, a snack, and a late snack for extended day students.

"We're going to step away from that because we're not happy with the food from school districts at this point," Zanoni said.

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Pre-K 4 SA Implementation
7:13 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

A First Glimpse At Pre-K 4 SA Model Education Centers

One of two Pre-K 4 SA model education centers, located at Brooks City Base, will house all administrative offices for the program.
Ryan Loyd TPR

Policies and curriculum development have been underway for weeks. But for first time, the board members of San Antonio’s new early education measure, called Pre-K 4 SA, got to see some tangible proof their work is in motion.

Board member Bob Bevard, an appointee of District 8 Councilman Reed Williams, strolled through the northwest side model education center, a former Southwest Airlines calling center, on Tuesday and said, “This is cool.”

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The Source - April 1, 2013
2:57 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

The Source Today: A Little More In Taxes And A Little Less Water

San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro visits preschoolers at San Antonio College’s Early Child Development Center.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

In the First Segment:

Guest - San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro

Today is the first day that San Antonio will be paying the extra sales tax for the Pre-K 4 SA program, and with enrollment for the first two centers beginning in May and classes scheduled to begin in August there are still a lot of questions.

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Pre-K 4 SA Implementation
11:52 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Pre-K 4 SA Update: Board Putting Pieces In Place In Time For May Enrollment

Mayor Castro and former San Antonio mayors joined to support the Pre-K 4 SA initiative ahead of the November election.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

The Pre-K 4 SA board members are regularly seen gathering together around City Hall to work out hiring procedures, student enrollment and how the education centers will be managed.

On Tuesday the board voted to keep the language in its job description for the professional development director as "preferred" master’s degree. Board member Bob Bevard suggested the word "preferred" diminishes the applicant pool.

Chair Elaine Mendoza said the board can assess what kind of candidates apply before deciding to amend the description to "required."

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