September 25, 2020
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced on September 23 that the first Bezos Academy—envisioned as a leadoff site in what will be a network of free preschools—will open about 18 miles south of Seattle next month, Fox Business reports.
“The Bezos Academy opens its doors on October 19th,” Bezos wrote on Instagram. “This one in Des Moines, Washington, is the first of many free preschools that we’ll be opening for underserved children. Extra kudos to the team for figuring out how to make this happen even amidst COVID, and to Wesley Homes for stepping up with the facility.”
Wesley Homes is a nonprofit retirement community provider associated with the United Methodist Church.
The preschool will be supported by the billionaire’s Bezos Day One Fund, which he established in 2018, according to Fox Business.
“Our Montessori-inspired preschool will offer year-round programming, five days a week, for children [between the ages of three and five]. Admissions will prioritize low-income families,” reads a statement on the Day One Fund’s website.
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