PUSD and City Partner to Increase Access to Preschool for Families in Need

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The Pleasanton Unified School District (PUSD) and the City of Pleasanton are proud to announce a $250,000 grant to help provide income-eligible families access to high quality early education through STEAM Preschool. The grant from the City, approved by the PUSD Board of Trustees at its August 22 regular meeting, had been earmarked by the City Council from discretionary developer funds to benefit underserved children. With this grant, the District and City will help ensure all families have the best possible start to their children’s education. 

“We are extremely grateful to the City Council for its partnership and collaboration in providing access to quality education to all Pleasanton families,” said Superintendent David Haglund, Ed.D. “Providing our preschool age students with opportunities to develop skills and a passion for exploration will help prepare them for success in our K-12 schools and beyond.”

Serving Pleasanton’s youngest learners and explorers, the District’s STEAM Preschool opened its doors in January 2016. As one of the only preschools in California that integrates science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) into all aspects of the learning experience, STEAM Preschool uses hands-on opportunities to build on the natural curiosity of its young explorers.

“The City of Pleasanton is committed to supporting all families in our community,” said Pleasanton City Manager Nelscont’d-on Fialho. “We are proud to partner with the Pleasanton Unified School District to help our underserved families access a world-class education starting with Pleasanton’s youngest learners in preschool.”  

Over the past two years, the District has been working with the City to provide preschool services to students from low-income households. Earlier this year, the District began discussing an agreement around the use of the $250,000 grant to increase access to STEAM preschool. The school board’s action on August 22 was the next step in the process to access the grant funds provided by the City. he District will submit a three-year proposal to the City to demonstrate how it plans to increase access to the STEAM preschool for income-eligible families.

STEAM Preschool currently has an enrollment of 36 with capacity for 48 children. Learn more about STEAM Preschool by visiting: http://steampreschool.pleasantonusd.net/