Highline launches free preschool program funded by ‘Race to the Top’ grant

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Highline School District will launch Pre-K Play and Learn next week, a new early education program geared to incoming kindergarten students who haven’t had access to high-quality preschool programs.

Funded by a Race to the Top grant, the kindergarten readiness program will provide students with high-quality preschool experiences that align with Highline’s Kindergarten Readiness Guidelines. Fewer than half of all incoming Highline kindergarten students have access to high-quality preschool programs.

“We recognize the importance of high-quality early learning in the success of our students in school and beyond. Pre-K Play and Learn will provide incoming Highline children with an opportunity to become more school-ready, while fostering strong partnerships between families and school,” said Early Learning, PreK-3 Specialist, Lindsey Durant. “We are thrilled to have this opportunity to expand preschool learning opportunities to our youngest students.”

Pre-K Play and Learn groups will run from March 17 – June 12, 2014, and will be held at eight locations in several low-income neighborhoods in or near Highline schools. Students will meet twice a week for two hours, with a caregiver or parent. The program is free.

To qualify, students must be enrolled at a Highline elementary school for kindergarten for the 2014-2015 school year. To enroll, families should visit their neighborhood school during regular school hours.

To learn more about how to enroll, and Pre-K Play and Learn locations and times, visit www.highlineschools.org/kenrollment.

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