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The Westbury Times - Schools

BOE Considers Universal Pre-K Program

With just a month and a half until the beginning of the school year, the Westbury School District is considering candidates for their outsourced pre-kindergarten program. One of the candidates is St. Joseph’s College in Brooklyn. 


Associate Professor Mary Fritz presented the strengths of St. Joseph’s College graduates and their universal pre-K program at last week’s Board of Education meeting. Graduates of

the college emerge with four certifications: early childhood education, childhood, early childhood special education, and special education. Their model has two certified teachers in each classroom and Fritz says that there is a “seamless transfer” from pre-K to kindergarten because the curriculum aligns with what the school is using. 


If the district decides to go with SJC, they would be the fourth (along with Freeport, Patchogue-Medford, and Lawrence) to collaborate with the college to run a universal pre-K program.  They decided to table the decision at the July 18 meeting, so that they could get more information on how the program has done in the other districts. 


Earlier in the week, a reorganization meeting was held which announced Rodney Caines returning as board president and Dr. Pless Dickerson returning as board vice president.

The meeting was originally scheduled for July 2, however, was rescheduled to July 15 after several members of the board were unable to attend.