Boston’s Quality Pre-K Model
A high-quality early education experience for every four-year-old in every neighborhood in Boston
BPS families interested in a pre-k enrollment for September 2019 can complete an interest form found at http://www.bostonpublicschools.org/UPK.
The goal of Boston Quality Pre-K is to ensure every four-year-old in Boston has access to high-quality early education experiences that lay the foundation for their future learning and educational success. The City of Boston is committed to providing high quality, inclusive, culturally responsive early education to all children whether their families choose to send them to classrooms in Boston Public Schools or community-based organizations.
Mayor Walsh is investing $15 million through a new Boston Universal Pre-K Fund to guarantee equitable access to free, high-quality pre-K for all four-year-olds in Boston within five years.
Boston’s Quality Pre-K Plan — A system of high-quality early education options
Baseline features of a UPK program ensure:
Equitable access to a free school day (6.5 hours per day / 180 days per year)
Maximum teacher to child ratios (2:22 in BPS, 2:20 in all other programs)
Environments that are safe and age-appropriate to promote learning
Defining Quality — Evidence-based essentials for high-impact Pre-K
Highly-trained and well-compensated teachers who hold early childhood degrees and are well-prepared to lead inclusive classrooms for all learners
Use of BPS Focus on K1 Curriculum and Building Blocks curriculum; focus on literacy and math as well as supports for students with additional needs (English Language, Special Education, etc.)
Environments that are safe, age-appropriate, and culturally responsive to promote learning
Maximum teacher-child ratios of 2:20 for community-based centers
Accreditation by National Association for the Education of Young Children and assessment as Level 3 or higher in MA’s Quality Rating Improvement System
Ongoing coaching and professional development for teaching staff
Strong communication and support to engage families
Ongoing assessment and evaluation of the program to promote continuous improvement
For FY20, the Mayor committed Quality Pre-K funding and support to community-based organizations to serve up to a total of 450 four-year old children in Boston by September 2019.
An RFP has been released and can be found here.
A folder with all documents for this RFP can be found here.
April 1, 2019 - Boston Universal Pre-K RFP available for distribution
April 5, 2019 - UPK RFP Bidder webinar
meet.google.com/uyz-xwhj-cdt (copy and paste link)
(US)+1 413-453-0936 PIN: 378 063 283#
April 8, 2019 - Intent to apply due, link and hard copy can be found here
April 11, 2019 - 2pm-4pm UPK RFP Bidder webinar replay
(US)+1 216-930-9149 PIN: 599 524 046#
April 15, 2019 - 12:00pm deadline for questions regarding UPK RFP #1073 (SY19-20)
April 23, 2019 - UPK RFP #1073 (SY19-20) submission deadline
May 27, 2019 - UPK RFP #1073 (SY19-20) status notification
The Request for Proposal (RFP) outlines the implementation and monitoring requirements of the Boston Universal Pre-K system and the community-based organizations that will be selected to participate in the system.
Following the current RFP, annual UPK funding will be available to expand quality access to more UPK eligible children.
BPS families interested in a UPK classroom for September 2019 can complete an interest form found at http://www.bostonpublicschools.org/UPK. After UPK programs are selected, a BPS Quality Pre-K administrator will contact families to connect with a UPK program.
Published newsletters click here.
2019 Spring Conference flyer - Programs selected under UPK are expected to send their lead teacher to the Introduction to Focus on K1 scheduled for June 13th-15th at Simmons University.
Boston Quality Pre-K Selection Committee
Under the guidance of the Mayor Walsh and BPS Superintendent the active decision making body is the Boston Quality Pre-K Selection Committee listed below. This committee listed below will eventually become a part of the Boston Quality Pre-K Oversight Committee and/or the Boston Quality Pre-K Advisory Committee.
TeeAra Dias, Boston Universal Pre-K Director
Karley Ausiello, Senior Vice President, Community Impact, United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley
Jeri Robinson, VP of Early Childhood Initiatives at the Boston Children’s Museum & BPS School Committee
Anne Douglass, PhD, Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education and Care, Program Director, College of Education and Human Development University of Massachusetts Boston
Aditi Subramaniam, LMHC, R-DMT, CEIS Boston Family Engagement Network Citywide Coordinator
Turahn Dorsey, Former City of Boston Chief of Education
Carolyn Mason Christopher, Abby Morales, Anthony Valdez, Chris Bucco, Mayra Cuevas and Marie Enochty Boston Public School Program Developers
Jason Sachs, Boston Public Schools Early Childhood Department Executive Director
Peg Sprague, 2016 Boston Universal Pre-K Advisory Committee
Kim Lucas, Director of Civic Research, Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics, City of Boston
Joyce Linehan, Chief of Policy Office of Mayor Martin J. Walsh