Program Overview

Economic studies show that investing in early childhood education delivers high returns and directly influences economic, health, and social outcomes later in life.

This bold initiative is developing a more productive workforce, healthier and more engaged families, less poverty, and civic-minded young adults to take San Antonio into the future.

THROUGH ITS FIRST 8 YEARS, PRE-K 4 SA WILL IMPACT

452,161 FOUR-YEAR-OLDS.

Third party evaluators have confirmed that Pre-K 4 SA is more than a preschool. A visionary initiative and citywide movement for the future of San Antonio, it began and is supported by business leaders, city officials, and a Board of Directors who believe that access to high-quality pre-kindergarten education can make a positive change in one generation.

Through the program’s first eight years, Pre-K 4 SA has provided a high-quality early education model that empowers our children at a critical age for school and life success, provides training and resources to early education teachers throughout our city, and supports other prekindergarten programs across San Antonio.

This bold initiative is developing a more productive workforce, healthier and more engaged families, less poverty, and civic-minded young adults to take San Antonio into the future.

Keeping Our Promises

Number One

Nurture responsible citizens for San Antonio

Number Two

Become a national leader in childhood education

Number Three

Build a sustainable workforce for the future

Number Four

Elevate education and family prosperity

Number Five

Use funds to maximize impact citywide

We Serve San Antonio

Delivering Results

Pre-K 4 SA is proud to be leading a mission and vision to develop a world-class workforce through high-quality early childhood education for all children in San Antonio—in one generation. With collected efforts by educators, school districts, supporting partners, taxpayers and, of course, our students and families, Pre-K 4 SA is driving progress toward a shared vision for a thriving San Antonio.

Education Centers

Setting the Standards

EDUCATION CENTER STUDENTS LONG-TERM IMPACT:

BETTER 3RD GRADE MATH SCORES exceeding the state average score by 16.9 percentage points.

BETTER 3RD GRADE READING SCORES increasing the share of economically disadvantaged students who met or exceeded the state average score by 12.3 percentage points.

BETTER ATTENDANCE resulting in 7 weeks more instruction.

Source: UTSA Urban Education Institute Initial Impact Study of Pre-K 4 SA *

Competitive Grants

Expanding Access & Quality

WITHIN THE FIRST 8 YEARS, PRE-K 4 SA WILL HAVE:

$21M
IN GRANTS AWARDED

13K
CHILDREN SUPPORTED

52*
INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

198*
SCHOOLS IMPACTED

*2016–2021

Professional Learning

Developing Teachers

EACH YEAR, PRE-K 4 SA PROVIDES:

10K
hours of free, best-in-class professional learning to

2K
early childhood educators throughout San Antonio.

Pre-K 4 SA is a recognized, TEA Authorized Provider of HB3 Reading Academies

Family Engagement

Strengthening Families

ACADEMICS

78.9%
of parents taught letters, words, and numbers

HEALTH

72.4%
of parents played games, sports or exercised with kids

RELATIONSHIP

69.1%
of parents told stories

Maximizing the Investment

Creating the Greatest Positive Impact and Strong ROI

Child

$3,790

RETURN PER CHILD

Wallet

$15,800

ADDITIONAL INCOME AND BENEFITS FOR EXTENDED-DAY FAMILIES

City

$7,360,000

RETURN FOR THE COMMUNITY

Efficient Operations

Pre-K 4 SA*

Annual Cost/Student

$11,470

Length of Program Day

10 hrs

Cost/Hr****

$6.48

Head Start*

Annual Cost/Student

$9,173

Length of Program Day

7 hrs

Cost/Hr****

$7.40

District Avg. (SA Area)**

Annual Cost/Student

$9,109

Length of Program Day

7 & 10 hrs (mix)

Cost/Hr****

$6.24(avg)

National Avg. K-12***

Annual Cost/Student

$12,903

Length of Program Day

7 hrs

Cost/Hr****

$10.41

Source(s):

*City of San Antonio Head Start Report to City Council B Session 2018

** 2017–18 Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR) 

*** National Center for Education Statistics – January 2018

**** Based on 177 day school year

 

 

Independent Evaluators

Pre-K 4 SA’s methodology provides a level of instructional quality that has long-term impact on student achievement. Using external and widely recognized assessments and standards, Pre-K 4 SA is able to analyze data on student progress and instructional quality. Research shows that children who learn through Pre-K 4 SA continue to reap education benefits from the program, for years after prekindergarten.

Teaching Strategies GOLD® measures growth and learning in key domains, including cognitive skills, language, social-emotional development, approaches to learning, health and physical development.

Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) is used to evaluate the instructional quality across our program. It’s a standardized, objective measure of instructional quality in early learning. CLASS measures the quality of instruction across three areas: emotional support, classroom organization, and instructional support. Researchers have identified an association between CLASS scores and long-term academic outcomes for children.

NIEER Standards measures 15 Essential Elements for High-Quality Preschool.

Governing Board and City Council appointed city leaders and members that provide fiscal oversight, annual performance audits and assessments to maximize the opportunity for high-quality education to San Antonio’s youngest learners.

Outcome Chart

Six-Year External Evaluation for growth in all six GOLD® outcomes

Looking Forward to a Bright Future

by Increasing Quality & Expanding Access

Pre-K 4 SA will continue to increase quality and expand access to serve more of San Antonio’s youngest learners

Education Centers

PRE-K 4 SA EDUCATION CENTERS

Demonstration Sites
Innovation Hubs
Family Cafés

1,500
Children Eligible

 500
Middle Class Families

School Districts

SCHOOL DISTRICTS

Professional Learning
Grants Program
Pre-K 4 SA Replication sites

13,000
Children Eligible

2,500
Middle Class Families

Child Development Centers

CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTERS

Professional Learning
Grants Program
Pre-K 4 SA Replication Sites

5,500
Children Eligible

Home Based

HOME BASED

Professional Learning
Online Resource Center
Specialized Workshops
Virtual Classroom Option

2,000
Children Eligible

Totals

PRE-K 4 SA IS BRINGING HIGH-QUALITY EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION TO

ALL 25,000 4-YEAR-OLDS

IN SAN ANTONIO

Reauthorization will allow Pre-K 4 SA to serve even more of San Antonio’s young children

In November 2012, citizens of San Antonio said “YES” to investing in four-year-olds and to the collection of a 1/8 cent sales tax to fund Pre-K 4 SA.

When reauthorized, Pre-K 4 SA will continue to serve 2,000 children in Pre-K 4 SA Education Centers and expand to serve an additional 3,000 middle class families earning up to $65,000 a year.

Reauthorization for Pre-K 4 SA will be part of the ballot on November 3rd, 2020. Stay informed and take note of the election milestones below so you can exercise your right to vote.


Reauthorization is on November 3, 2020

Voter Registration Deadline — Monday, October 5, 2020

First Day of Early Voting by Personal Appearance — Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Last Day to Apply for Ballot by mail — Friday, October 23, 2020

Last Day of Early Voting by Personal Appearance — Friday, October 30, 2020

Last Day to Receive Ballot by Mail — Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Election Day — Tuesday, November 3, 2020