: News

Filed Under:

Gray Looks To Expand Education Programs For Infants, Toddlers

Play associated audio

Mayor-elect Vincent Gray says almost 14,000 3- and 4-year-olds are enrolled in publicly funded preschool and pre-K programs in D.C. Now he says it's time to turn attention to children who are even younger.

Gray says the foundation has been laid for pre-K and preschool programs. He says expanding programs for infants and toddlers -- or 6-month through 3-year-olds -- is the next step.

"There are so many of our families that are economically and socially challenged, who have difficult circumstances they deal with every day, whose children could really benefit from even earlier intervention," Gray says.

He acknowledges this will be "difficult" because of budgetary challenges. But he says there will be savings by reducing the number of children in private special education programs. He says they will also look for federal and private funding sources.

Gray says expanding the programs will help with prevention and intervention efforts as well as create opportunities to work with the parents of these children. Gray says there is no timetable set as yet.

NPR

In Beyoncé's 'Formation,' A Glorification Of 'Bama' Blackness

Beyoncé's latest song is for the black Southern woman, says National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward, who's from Mississippi. It's a message she needed to hear.
WAMU 88.5

Does "Made in DC" Matter?

D.C.'s first bean-to-bar chocolate maker, Undone Chocolate, got its start in local food incubator space Union Kitchen, part of a wave of interest in locally made products which includes a push for a "Made in DC" logo.

WAMU 88.5

Does "Made in DC" Matter?

D.C.'s first bean-to-bar chocolate maker, Undone Chocolate, got its start in local food incubator space Union Kitchen, part of a wave of interest in locally made products which includes a push for a "Made in DC" logo.

NPR

Video Chat Your Way Into College: How Tech Is Changing The Admissions Process

Virtual reality and other innovations are helping international students and colleges tell if they're a good fit.

Leave a Comment

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