Mayor Emanuel Proposes Free Preschool For Entire City

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel talks about his future plan for Chicago during a visit to a city maintenance facility Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Chicago.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel talks about his future plan for Chicago during a visit to a city maintenance facility Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Chicago. AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel talks about his future plan for Chicago during a visit to a city maintenance facility Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Chicago.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel talks about his future plan for Chicago during a visit to a city maintenance facility Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Chicago. AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast

Mayor Emanuel Proposes Free Preschool For Entire City

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On Wednesday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced a plan to roll out free full-day preschool for all four-year-olds in Chicago within the next four years.

For many Chicago parents with a child in Pre-K, the plan could mean thousands of dollars in savings per year.

The announcement comes in the midst of a mayoral race that is heating up, with the mayor facing at least nine challengers for his seat.

Morning Shift takes a look at the mayor’s plan, and the benefits and potential pitfalls of the current preschool model.

GUESTS: Becky Vevea, WBEZ politics reporter

Geoffrey Nagle, President and CEO of the Erikson Institute, the early childhood development organization based in Chicago

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(Tribune 5/30/18)