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