MCPS Launches New City-wide Pre-K Program
Manassas City Public Schools (MCPS) has launched a transformative approach to early learning that will increase literacy for all 4 year olds in Manassas City. Today, during a press conference at The Harris Pavilion, in Old Town Manassas, the school division shared how it is using mobile technology to scale pre-K services to all its 4-year old children.
Representatives from the following offices were present at the press conference in support of the city-wide Early Learning Initiative: United States Department of Education (Office of Early Learning), Virginia Governor Terry McAuliff, Smart Beginnings Greater Prince William, Senator Mark Warner, Senator Tim Kaine, Congresswoman Barbara Comstock, City of Manassas Government and EDGE: Manassas.
“It is the goal of Manassas City Public Schools to accelerate early learning, close the literacy achievement gap, and support our English Language Learners,” said Dr. Catherine Magouyrk, Superintendent of Manassas City Public Schools. “This goal is taking shape through a new partnership with Footsteps2Brilliance®. In the next few weeks, Footsteps2Brilliance® will be available, free of charge, to all pre-K children in the City of Manassas.”
Footsteps2Brilliance® is an interactive, mobile literacy program that has been proven to increase academic vocabulary, comprehension, and critical thinking skills in young students. All residents of the City of Manassas will be able to download the curriculum app for free on their smartphones and tablets or use the program on their traditional computers.
“With the increase in rigor, a new reality exists for young students,” said Dr. Melissa Saunders, Director of Curriculum and Instruction. “Kindergarten has become yesterday’s first grade, and pre-K is now yesterday’s kindergarten. Due to budgetary and space restrictions, however, MCPS, like many other districts in Virginia, does not have the capacity to serve all the pre-K students within its jurisdiction. The Footsteps2Brilliance platform will allow us to create a blended pre-K model for all pre-K children, not just those enrolled in MCPS.”
“Dr. Magouyrk is leading Virginia and the nation in creating a transformative pre-school model that will level the playing field for all children,” said Ilene Rosenthal, CEO of Footsteps2Brilliance®, Inc. “By leveraging the mobile technology and traditional computers that parents already own, Dr. Magouyrk will be able to provide every pre-K child in her district with hundreds of books, songs, and learning activities that have been shown to increase vocabulary and literacy in young children regardless of their socio-economic status.”
“Through the Footsteps2Brilliance partnership, MCPS will provide a springboard for all students, whether or not there is the physical capacity to bring them into the pre-K classroom,” said Dr. Magouyrk. “When kindergarten students come to school with a strong literacy background, they have more opportunity to be successful academically as they progress through school.”
About Manassas City Public Schools
Manassas is located in the Northern Virginia region, approximately thirty miles southwest of Washington, D.C. The mission of Manassas City Public Schools, in partnership with the community, is to provide an innovative, engaging, inspiring, and challenging learning environment for all students. The school division embraces the challenge and opportunity to serve the 21st century learner in a safe, healthy, and supportive school environment focusing on innovative learning that integrates the use of technologies, inquiry, problem-solving, and higher order thinking skills.
Footsteps2Briliance®, Inc. is the breakthrough early learning platform that accelerates early achievement by uniting the power of mobile gaming technology with the latest in cognitive research. Footsteps2Brilliance® provides enticing, interactive, 24/7 learning experiences that digitally link school and home to give students the edge they need for success in school today and the world tomorrow.