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Jeff Bezos announces the opening of a free preschool for low-income children

September 26, 2020

The new school, which looks after children ages 3 to 5, is located in Des Moines, Washington and opens on October 17th.

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Jeff Bezos announces the opening of a free preschool for low-income children
Jeff Bezos announces the opening of a free preschool for low-income children

Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, announced that he will open the doors of his first preschool, the Bezos Academy. This is the first location for a network of free preschools serving children in underserved communities run by Bezos’ philanthropic arm, the Bezos Day One Fund.

The new school, which looks after children ages 3 to 5, is located in Des Moines, Washington and will open on October 17th, according to the Day 1 Academies Fund. Bezos wrote on his Instagram account that the school “will be the first of many free preschools we will open to underserved children”.

The school is a Montessori-inspired preschool. It operates full-time and will be open year-round, CNN reported.

Jeff Bezos began his foray into education in 2018 when he unveiled his two philanthropic initiatives: the Day One Families Fund and the Day One Academies Fund. Both initiatives are funded by the Bezos Day One Fund, for which the billionaire has provided $ 2 billion.

The mission is to create a network of preschools where “the child will be the client”. The schools are run directly by the Bezos Fund, which, according to the foundation’s location, “offers the opportunity to learn, invent and improve early childhood education”.

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