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Achieve Hartford!: Community Partners Help Pre-K Families Select a Kindergarten

By Achieve Hartford!

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Hartford, CT - Achieve Hartford! announced on Monday that its Choice Education Program has concentrated new efforts to focus on families of Pre-K students attending kindergarten in Hartford.

“When you’re asked by the school district and by the State’s Regional School Choice Office to choose among all the different magnet, suburban and neighborhood for your four-year old child, the experience can be just overwhelming,” said Achieve Hartford! Executive Director Paul Diego Holzer. “Our goal is to help the young parents of Hartford’s incoming kindergarten class seize the information they need to make the best choice for their children, and to understand that this choice is not that different than selecting a college 18 years from now – finding a fit takes hard work.”

Achieve Hartford! and partners, Trinity College, the City of Hartford, Community Renewal Team (CRT), Hartford Areas Rally Together (HART), Hartford Public Schools, and numerous Pre-K centers like the Women’s League are looking to achieve ambitious goals, and help pre-k parents submit 100% of their school choice applications on time. Achieve Hartford also coordinated “The Big Kindergarten Ride” that took place on Jan 30, where Pre-K parents hopped on buses and visited both neighborhood and magnet schools within their zone.

“Making sure our students and families leave us feeling like they have all the support they need to take the next step is an absolute priority for all staff at the Center, and we are thankful for our partnership with Achieve Hartford!,” said Iris Rich, Executive Director of the Women’s League. “We have set a goal of 100% for applications completed on time.”

The deadline for the Greater Hartford regional school choice is February 28, 2014 – and resources are available to help that include:

„ Information at computer terminals at all Hartford Public Library locations;
„ A bus tour to visit schools and numerous choice fairs;
„ Bilingual “Future Guides” created by the Hartford Public Schools;
„ The online guide, through which parents can examine factors based on geographic area, student performance, demographics, and transportation;
„ One-on-one consultations and workshops are provided by Achieve Hartford! and HART trained “Parent Choice Advisers.”

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