Author - Donna Bracey

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The Primary Readiness Enrichment Program, PREP,  is a comprehensive program dedicated to preparing both preschoolers and their parents for the application, testing and enrollment process for public and private schools in the city of Chicago. Geri Redd and Donna Bracey are the owners of PREP.  Geri is married and has two children ages 6 and 8.  Donna has one daughter age 9.

CPS- Application Time Approaching!

While some parents breath a sigh of relief that school is starting, others are anxiously biting their nails knowing that school selection time is also upon us.  Don’t worry- here are some guidelines on CPS preschool programs and their timelines.

There are 3 types of CPS preschool programs:  Magnet, Ready to Learn!, and Tuition-Based

Magnet Programs: 

CPS currently offers magnet preschool programs at 4 CPS schools:  Suder, Mayer, Drummond, and Inter-American.  These programs ar...

Posted on August 26, 2013 at 8:00 AM by Donna Bracey

What Now? Next Steps After CPS Notification Letters

Did the mailman deliver the mail on time today?  How long will it be before I get off work ?  I am so nervous that I can’t concentrate on anything.

These were the thoughts of several thousand parents the week of March 18th.  That is the day that CPS (Chicago Public Schools) began to mail acceptance letters for the 2013-2014 academic school year for selective enrollment  and magnet elementary school programs.  

Every spring, anxious parents wait for 2 letters from CPS; one for selec...

Posted on March 29, 2013 at 6:17 AM by Donna Bracey

Private Preschool Selection Process: Where to Start

Not long after bringing home your new bundle of joy, friends and relatives start asking where you are going to send the little one to preschool.  The process of selecting a school can seem overwhelming for parents.  When considering private preschool options in the city of Chicago, there are many to choose from.  So where do you begin?  The first step is to educate yourself on the available options.  While there are a range of different types of preschool providers, there are a few basic c...

Posted on March 13, 2012 at 6:30 AM by Donna Bracey