The Pre-Kindergarten Enhancement and Expansion Program managed by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) is the result of the Pre-K Enhancement and Expansion Act of 2008 (the Act),(codified at D.C. Code 38-271 et seq.) The Act is a multi-pronged initiative aimed at creating high- quality universally available pre-Kindergarten (pre-K) education services in the District through a mixed delivery system in Community-Based Organizations (CBOs), DC Public Schools (DCPS), DC Public Charter Schools (DCPCS), and Head Start by the year 2014. This legislation is a key part of OSSE’s mission and goal to ensure that all District of Columbia children are ready for school and that all District residents receive an excellent education for success in the 21st century. OSSE manages the Pre-Kindergarten Enhancement and Expansion Program by releasing funds equal to the District of Columbia Uniform Per Student Funding Formula (UPSFF) to high quality community based organization (CBOs) and monitoring service delivery in accordance with the proposed rule title 5, subtitle A Chapter 35 of the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations (“DCMR”).
All children with verified residency in the District of Columbia and who are of pre-K age are eligible to be served in a pre-K program regardless of race, ethnicity, income, religion or membership in other protected groups. The legislation defines pre-K age as children three (3) years of age on or before September 30th of the upcoming school year, or four (4) years of age, and children who become five (5) years of age after September 30 of the upcoming school year.