Plano ISD to expand after-school program to all early childhood schools

Plano ISD has canceled after-school activities for April 17.

Plano ISD has canceled after-school activities for April 17.

All Plano ISD early childhood schools will offer after-school care beginning next academic year.

Both Pearson and Isaacs early childhood schools will begin offering the program, also referred to as PASAR, beginning in the 2019-20 school year. Currently, only elementary campuses offering full-day prekindergarten classes and Beaty early childhood school provide the PASAR program.

The program lasts from the end of the campus's school day to 6:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and ends at 6 p.m. on Fridays.

Open pre-K registration for the 2019-20 school year is April 4-5, according to a district-prepared presentation at the PISD board of trustees Feb. 19 work session. The district will determine the sites for its future pre-K expansion based on the number of registered students.

District staff said they expect a 10-20 percent increase in enrolled pre-K students next year. There are 525 enrolled full-day pre-K students this year.

The after-school update comes as part of PISD’s larger effort of expanding its pre-K program.

One of the district’s central premises in expanding its pre-K program is that enrolling more students will reduce historic gaps in educational outcomes for students from low-income families, as previously reported by Community Impact Newspaper.

The district has previously considered increasing pre-K class sizes in existing classrooms, using empty classrooms at elementary school campuses, expanding the district’s early childhood schools or constructing a fourth early childhood school. The district could use a combination of these options to reach its full capacity target.
By Gavin Pugh
Gavin has reported for Community Impact Newspaper since June 2017. His beat has included Dallas Area Rapid Transit, public and higher education, school and municipal governments and more. He now serves as the editor of the Grapevine, Colleyville, Southlake edition.


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