4 Years Old, A Critical Age to Enroll into a Pre-K Program
February is upon us, which means it is time to start enrolling for the 2021-22 school year! Pre-K 4 SA will begin accepting applications Monday, February 1. Any child who will be four by September 1, 2021 is eligible to apply. The application and information about how to apply may be found on our Pre-K 4 SA Application Page.
Because the coronavirus continues to spread throughout our community, some families may be unsure about enrolling their 4-year-old in pre-K for the 2021-22 school year. These concerns are understandable. This school year has been difficult for everyone. But one thing we have learned is that schools are safe places. Pre-K 4 SA is fiercely committed to the health and safety of our children, families, and staff. We continuously monitor the situation and work with Metro Health and follow the CDC’s guidelines to ensure our centers can safely remain open. Our approach has proven effective at preventing the spread of the virus in our Education Centers. We will continue to apply our COVID-19 protocols as long as necessary, including into next year.
There is reason to be hopeful that by August we will be able to put our masks away. People are beginning to get vaccinated. By summer, the vaccine should be available to many more people and we will be closer to reaching herd immunity.
But regardless of what is happening with the pandemic, enrolling in high-quality pre-K helps children start strong. Research out of Harvard University shows that young children’s brains are developing at high speed—over 1 million neural connections every second!
Pre-K 4 SA is designed to take advantage of this period of rapid brain growth to help children develop strong brain architecture that will support them throughout life. Our highly skilled teachers are specially trained to create classrooms that inspire and support the way children learn best—through play. And we use the HighScope curriculum, which is backed by more than 50 years of research that proves children continue to benefit long after they have left the pre-K classroom. Research done right here in San Antonio shows that children who attended Pre-K 4 SA had better third-grade math and reading scores than children who did not attend pre-K.
Pre-K 4 SA’s mission is to ensure all of San Antonio’s young children have access to high-quality early learning. Join us in encouraging all families with a 4-year-old to enroll as soon as possible to secure a seat for the 2021-2022 school year.
Written by: Sarah Baray, Pre-K 4 SA CEO