The process seems simple. All you need to do is enroll your child in kindergarten in the local elementary school the fall after they turn five (5). Or, you could apply to the well known, highly regarded private school you have heard of and wait for your acceptance letter. No problem, right? Wrong.
The school selection and application process is very involved. If you wait too long and don’'t have the right information, you could be left with very few options. There is only one guarantee in the Chicago Public school system, – your neighborhood school. That is great if that school performs well, will provide your child with a quality education and has all of the resources your tax dollars have earned you.
For many of us, that is not the case, and therefore, our neighborhood school is not an option. This is exactly what the founders of PREP, Donna Bracey and Geri Redd, faced years ago when enrolling their children in kindergarten. They also learned that we were not alone.
The Primary Readiness Enrichment Program (PREP) was born out of frustration with the lack of clear and consistant information and the seemingly overwhelming process involved in making the transition from preschool to elementary school. They believed that there had to be a better way. The goal was to develop a way to get parents information and help prepare children to excel in the process.