As the first quarter is wrapping up at Summit Hill School District 161, the new preschool program is the perfect environment for 3 and 4-year olds and offers early childhood activities for at risk youngsters.
Bridget Nolan, director of special education, greeted the youngsters and teachers at Dr. Julian Rogus School with a smile as wide and welcoming as 4-year-old opening presents at his birthday party. Rogus School, 20027 S. 88th Ave., houses the Early Learning Program, which started this school year.
The district sent out a survey last year to get a feel from the
community about an early learning center program. The response was overwhelmingly in support of a tuition-based program, she added.
There are several
classrooms, some are dedicated to youngsters with documented learning
disabilities and others are basic preschool classrooms.
"The Early Learning
Program provides preschool aged children with classroom instruction and activities
that focus on total development, including communication, cognitive,
pre-academic, physical and social/emotional skills. It includes the
tuition-based preschool program, early childhood and at-risk classes," explained
Students attend five days
per week for 2 ½ hours per day. The
morning session is from 9:15-11:45 a.m., and the afternoon session is from
12:45-3:15 p.m. Tuition is $2750 per year payable in 10 payments of $275 each.
About 65 youngsters are
enrolled in various facets of the program during this debut year of the
program, said Nolan. The children are already learning concepts and skills
related to language arts, math, science and physical growth. Certainly social
and emotional skills are reinforced. Speaking for the preschool programs, "It's
getting them ready for kindergarten," she said.
For more information at Summit Hill School District 161, visit the district's webiste.
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