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N.J. District’s Preschool Programs Draw Latinos


June 7, 2012
AccessEnglish Language LearnersOutcomesQuality and CurriculumState & Local
Lesli A. Maxwell
Education Week

In a city where 90 percent of public school students are Latino, and 61 percent qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, Perth Amboy has achieved something few communities with a majority-Hispanic student population have: a nearly perfect record for enrolling every eligible 4-year-old and many 3-year-olds in one of its preschool classrooms. In 2011-12, nearly 1,500 children took part in the 10,500-student school system’s early-childhood program.