Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is weeks away from opening the doors to his first preschool, the Bezos Academy.
Bezos on Tuesday shared a photo of one of the classrooms on his Instagram, revealing that the school, which is located in Des Moines, Washington, will open on October 19. Bezos said the school is “the first of many free preschools that we’ll be opening for underserved children.”
Bezos Academy is a “Montessori-inspired” preschool that will serve children between the ages of 3 and 5. The schools will be full-day and year-round, and will be tuition free for its students.
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This classroom is just the beginning. The @bezosacademy opens its doors on Oct. 19th. This one in Des Moines, WA, 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.
According to a post on the Bezos Academy Instagram account, the team began working on the schools early last year. Other posts from the page, which began posting photos in August, show Bezos touring Montessori schools around the country, meeting with students in Nashville and Washington, DC.
Bezos announced his push into education in 2018, when he unveiled his two philanthropic initiatives: the Day 1 Families Fund and the Day 1 Academies Fund. Both initiatives are funded by the Bezos Day One Fund, to which Bezos committed $2 billion at the time.
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SOURCE: Business Insider, Avery Hartmans