The city of Chicago is expanding access to free, full-day preschool to 1,000 additional low-income students, the mayor's office announced Sunday.
There will be 17,000 free, pre-kindergarten seats in the city once the program's expansion is completed by fall 2017. The expansion will be funded in part from pre-k program consolidations at the Chicago Public Schools and Department of Family and Support Systems.
"The single most important investment we can make in the future of Chicago is in the children of Chicago and their education," reads a statement from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. "Every child in every neighborhood deserves a quality education and that must begin in their earliest years. These changes to our system will ensure that our early learners can enroll in a quality program in their neighborhood that meets the needs of their family -- making pre-kindergarten programming an option for every child."