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Dallas ISD’s pre-K enrollment hits 11,000 for the first time


September 9, 2016
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Corbett Smith
The Dallas Morning News

After recent concerns about meeting enrollment projections, Dallas ISD’s early childhood program had good news to give to trustees during Thursday’s board briefing. The pre-K program hit its revised goal of adding 700 new students and now has an enrollment over 11,000 students for the first time in district history.

“Obviously, that makes us tremendously excited,” said Derek Little, DISD’s assistant superintendent of Early Learning.

Nearly a month ago, Little and his staff — along with employees from Dallas County education non-profit Commit — went on a door-knocking campaign, wanting to fill 2,000 seats before school started on Aug. 22. Those reach-out efforts, as well as growth in the district’s partnerships with existing child care and Head Start programs, have paid off.