DCPS Welcomes Pre-K Parents | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

DCPS Welcomes Pre-K Parents

Play associated audio

By Jessica Gould

D.C. Public Schools staffers are fanning out across the city to make sure students are ready for the first day of school.

The first day of school can be scary. And not just for students.

"Children are usually ready, pretty excited about it," says Miriam Calderon. "For parents, it’s an important milestone."

Calderon is director of early childhood education for D.C. Public Schools. With a clipboard in one hand and a picture book in another, she’s going door-to-door to meet the parents of D.C.'s new pre-k students.

Calderon checks to see if students' immunizations are up to date, and if their health forms have been filled out. But she has a bigger mission in mind.

"This is a really important beginning with this canvass, to let them know this is a partnership. That we expect a lot from them and they should expect a lot from us," she says.

The first day of school for D.C. Public Schools students is Aug. 23.

WAMU 88.5

Smithsonian Prepares To Reach Across The Pond

The institution's Board of Regents has voted in favor of opening a 40,000-square-foot gallery in London.

NPR

Watch 'Bob's Burgers'? Now You Can Eat Them, Too

What happens when you try to make a burger out of a pun? One blog, two years, and dozens of recipes later, millions of fans can now cook up their very own Bob's burgers.
NPR

White House Won't Seek To End 529 College Tax Break

All 50 states and the District of Columbia sponsor 529 plans. Critics had called the proposal to limit them a tax hike on the middle class.
NPR

Yahoo Plans To Spin Off Remaining Stake In Alibaba

Yahoo has announced it will spin off its 15 percent stake in the Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba. Shareholders had been waiting for that decision. The move needs regulatory approval.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.