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Free preschool for all 4-year-olds coming to Chicago, mayor says

By Kelly Davis,

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced plans to roll out free full-day preschool for all 4-year-olds in Chicago within four years, during an event Wednesday at Truman College.

The preschool classes will start this fall for families making $45,000 a year or less. According to the mayor’s office, children from these “most in-need” families will have access to an additional 3,700 full-day seats for 4-year-olds at CPS schools next year.

Emanuel stopped by Truman College’s Head Start program to meet with students Wednesday ahead of his big announcement.

“It will be done in a progressive fashion, because if you’re poor you have Head Start, if you’re wealthy you can advocate for your children, if you work you’re left out in the cold,” Emanuel said. “We are going to work up the economic latter to make sure kids of working parents get full-day pre-K.”


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