Research Mentor(s): Katie Rae Stolper, Deputy Executive Director, Enrollment
Research Mentor School/College/Department: Detroit Public Schools Community District,
Presentation Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021
Session: Session 5 (3pm-3:50pm)
Breakout Room: Room 6
Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) aims to educate and empower every student, in every community, every day, to build a stronger Detroit. DPSCD understands the immense benefits of Kindergarten for the academic and personal development of Detroit students. As the primary entry point for most families into the District, it is critical that DPSCD maintain a healthy Kindergarten enrollment. However, in fall 2020, DPSCD saw a decline in Kindergarten enrollment like many cities and districts across the country. To combat this trend, the District has developed a series of new programs and resources that support parents in navigating the transition between pre-K and Kindergarten. This includes webinars, school-led open houses, and video-based resources for families. The District is engaging early childhood centers and educators, as well as drawing on best practices, to build strong community connections and create resources that prepare students to thrive in Kindergarten.