Registration for Hamblen County preschool education program begins February 26

Posted on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 1:06 pm

The Hamblen County Department of Education is providing a preschool education program for 4-year old students.

 Registration is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 26, from 8:15 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the program’s school sites.

 The Hamblen County Board of Education opened Jump Start to Educational Excellence at Manley Elementary School on Jan. 6, 2004.

 Since then, the program has expanded and preschool classes are now available at Manley, Russellville, Lincoln Heights, West and Witt elementary schools.

 The program serves children who will be four years of age on or before Sep. 30. Enrollment in the program is limited.

 Jump Start to Educational Excellence is a full-day program staffed with certified teachers who have experience teaching early childhood education.

 According to Hamblen County Department of Education officials, the program is based on educational research and best practice models.

 The cost of the program is $90 per week, but a limited number of scholarships are available to cover tuition cost for students who meet specific guidelines.

 Preference for scholarship slots will be given to children who cannot be served by Head Start, but meet U.S. Department of Health and Human Services poverty guidelines.

 Parents and guardians seeking tuition scholarships will also be required to provide federal tax returns for 2011, if filed, or a statement from an employer of the parents’ 2012 projected income.

 They are also required to complete an income eligibility form, which requires reporting all household income.

 At some school sites, parents and guardians of Jump Start students can also enroll them in the Extended School Program for afterschool care. Enrollment slots will be filled on a first-come, first-qualified basis. To register a student, the child’s parent or guardian will need to have the following items on hand: —The child’s birth certificate —The child’s social security card —The child’s up-to-date immunization record —Photo identification for the parent or guardian —Two proofs of residence in Hamblen County (Utility bill, rent receipt, tax bill or proof of official mailing address). If the school system is closed for inclement weather, registration will take place the next day school is in session and begin at the same time school begins. Parents and guardians with further questions about the program or registration can contact the principal of the school where they’d like their child to attend the preschool program.

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