Preschool available through HCDOE

Hamblen County Schools provides an exciting program of preschool education for four-year old students. Educators have long realized the importance of high quality preschool educational programs in helping children enter school ready to learn and optimize their full potential. The benefits of early childhood education impact the brain’s performance throughout life.

Unfortunately, many children do not have the advantage of preschool. Educational research indicates that these children are more likely to repeat a grade, to not graduate, to qualify for special education, and to not attend college. Effective preschool programs can change these outcomes for all children.

The program is designed to serve children who will be four years of age on or before Aug. 15, 2014. However, enrollment is limited. Jump Start to Educational Excellence is a full day program staffed with certified teachers who are experienced in early childhood education. The cost of the program is $90 per week. However, there are a limited number of scholarships available to cover the cost of the tuition for students who meet the guidelines. In addition to the full-day program, parents and guardians will have the option of enrolling students in the ESP program for after school care at some of the school sites.

Registration will occur on Wednesday, Feb. 26 from 8:15 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the school sites. In order to register your student, the child’s parent or guardian will need to bring the following items:

• The child’s birth certificate

• Child’s Social Security card

• 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)

Preference for scholarship slots will be given to children who cannot be served by Head Start, but meet the Department of Health and Human Services poverty guidelines. In addition to these items, parents or guardians who are seeking tuition scholarships will be required to provide or complete the following:

• Last year’s federal tax returns, if filed, or statement from employer of this year’s projected income.

• Complete an income eligibility form (This application requires that you report all household income.)

The program is based on firm educational research and best practice models. If you have further questions about the program or registration, please contact the principal of the school where you would like for your child to attend the preschool program.

-From Contributed Reports

Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 8:15 pm