An investment in the City’s future, the City of San Antonio's Pre-K 4 SA initiative will prepare our youngest students for a lifetime of success. San Antonio is distinguishing itself as a rising American city willing to invest in its economic competitiveness through education.
The Pre-K 4 SA initiative utilizes revenue generated by a 1/8-cent sales tax and other state and federal dollars to provide high-quality, full-day Pre-K for eligible four-year-olds in San Antonio. The program aims to improve the educational trajectory of more than 22,000 four-year-old children over eight years while benefitting thousands more by training area school teachers, teacher’s aides, community Pre-K providers and education leaders. On Nov. 6, 2012, San Antonio residents approved the 1/8-cent sales tax increase to fund the program.
In FY2013, the City constructed two new schools, the North Education Center and the South Education Center, with 43 total classrooms. Both education centers received state licensing. There are currently more than 660 Pre-K students enrolled. There were 44 master teachers selected from a competitive applicant pool of 500 and 14 professional development coaches hired to provide academic coaching and professional development for teachers in seven participating school districts. More than 100 additional staff members were hired from an applicant pool of 2,000. The City also secured a nationally-recognized curriculum; obtained nutritional food services for children and related information for parents; and developed a transportation plan with safe bus service.
Several City departments were instrumental to the development and creation of the Pre-K 4 SA initiative. The Department of Creative and Culture Development (DCCD) coordinated the incorporation of an arts education component into the Pre-K 4 SA initiative and developed an arts education resource guide for schools.
The City Attorney's Office established a solid foundation for the Pre-K 4 SA program. Legal tasks included creating a corporation, developing the structure and procedures of the corporation, facilitating agreements with seven participating school districts, managing procurements, developing agreements for transportation, curriculum, food services, special needs therapy services, leases and construction agreements.
Capital Improvement Management Services (CIMS) worked to coordinate site selection, developer selection and lease agreements for Pre-K 4 SA. CIMS also secured sites for the East and West Pre-K 4 SA Centers scheduled to be open by Aug. 1, 2014.
North Education Center
Pre-K 4 SA students
South Education Center