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Friday, August 13, 2010
Contact:          Michelle Wade, (203) 946-8450  Cell – (203) 675-5132
“Get on the Bus”
New Haven Public Schools Going into Neighborhoods to Register Children for Pre-K
NEW HAVEN – As part of its national recognized School Change Initiative, the New Haven Public School system will be visiting neighborhoods around the city each day next week to encourage parents to register their children, ages three to five, for Pre-K at one of the twelve early childhood centers in New Haven.  A big yellow bus will make the rounds and provide information on the value of Pre-K programs and will be prepared to register children on the spot.
Parents wanting to register their child will need to bring three items; the child’s birth certificate, proof of income or budget sheet and a utility bill.
The schedule of stops throughout the week is:
Monday, August 16th
*Hill Health Center, Columbus Ave. - 10a.m. – 12 noon 
*East Shore –826 Woodward Ave. (Police Sub-Station ) - 1:00p.m. - 3:00p.m.
 Tuesday, August 17th
*Columbus School/(Police Sub- station)295 Blatchley Av. - 10a.m. – 12 noon
*Winchester Av. & Hazel St. (Police Sub Station) 596 Winchester Av. - 1:00p.m – 3:00 p.m.  
Wednesday, August 18th
*Westville – 329 Valley St. (Police Sub Station) - 10a.m. – 12 noon 
*Helene Grant School- 180 Goffe St. - 1:00p.m – 3:00 p.m. 
Thursday, August 19th
*Dixwell Ave. & Charles St.  (Police Sub Station) - 10a.m. – 12 noon
*C- Town Supermarket, Grand Avenue - 1:00p.m. - 3:00p.m. 
Friday, August 20th
*Dixwell Ave & Bassett St. (DSS office) - 10a.m. – 12 noon
*Farnam Courts/ Ferraro’s, Grand Ave. - 1.00p.m. - 3:00p.m.
New Haven Public Schools wants every child in the city between the ages of three and five to have the opportunity to attend Pre-school this year.  The research is clear; Pre-K learning experiences build a solid foundation that helps children succeed in school.  “We have to reach more children at these early ages and give them the tools they need to be prepared to learn when they enter Kindergarten”, said Superintendent, Dr. Reginald Mayo.  “We believe early childhood education is a key focus area as we strive to close the achievement gap, cut the drop-out rate in half and ensure all our graduates are prepared to succeed in college.”
For more information on the NHPS Pre-K Registration bus, visit the New Haven Public School website at or call 203-946-8976.