Wednesday, March 12, 2014

School board approves MNPS pre-K at Casa Azafran

Ribbon cutting in October 2013 of United Neighborhood Health Services' Unity Clinic at Casa Azafran. Another ribbon-cutting appears to be on the way, this time with Metro Schools. Photo source: Casa Azafran

Thanks to the Nashville public school board, four-year-olds may soon be attending pre-kindergarten at Casa Azafran, the prominent new immigrant-welcoming community center on Nolensville Road.

In today's Tennessean, Joey Garrison reported on last night's school board meeting, where planning for the pre-K center at Casa Azafran was approved. The idea of Metro Nashville Public Schools Director Jesse Register is to expand the reach of pre-K throughout the entire city, according to the article. Garrison previously reported on the Casa Azafran-Metro Schools partnership in more detail, here, indicating that this new pre-K would be up and running for 60-80 new students in the fall of 2014.  Garrison cited Register as saying that improved, early English language learning would be one of the center's primary benefits.

Casa Azafran's December 2012 opening was covered by the Nashville Scene in this article by Jim Ridley, and the center features prominently in the paper's story naming Renata Soto as Nashvillian of the Year in 2013.

Conexion Americas, the non-profit which anchors Casa Azafran, also announced the news of the school board decision on Facebook.

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