MILWAUKEE — If your child is 3 or 4 years old, it’s time for their learning journey to begin, and Milwaukee Public Schools is offering something special to families who register this week.
“Getting the kids enrolled (is the most important thing) because we want them: bring 'em, bring 'em, bring 'em,” Connie Dallas said.
Dallas is a family partnership associate. She helps parents enroll, working as a liaison between the Head Start program and its families.
“(I work with about 100-150 students each year). It can be (difficult) because you’ll have your easy cases, and then you have those very difficult cases that you have as well,” Dallas said.
This year, the district anticipates enrolling upward of 1,500 students across its 35 Head Start sites. In previous years, the numbers haven’t been as robust. In 2017, MPS noted a huge chunk of 4-year-olds showed up for class much later in the school year. This year is on track to be different.
“The seats are going to fill up fast, one. Two, the first 1,825 days of a child’s life is so critical.” — Joandy Williams
“The seats are going to fill up fast, one. Two, the first 1,825 days of a child’s life is so critical,” Joandy Williams said.
Williams is encouraging all parents to enroll their toddlers now if they haven’t already. Families that register this week will receive a free one-year pass to the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum.