The first day of classes for the Early Childhood Center in USD 475 is on August 22, 2018. However, that hasn’t stopped staff from working hard on Monday. Monday marked the first day of classes for most students in USD 475. ECC staff spent the day preparing for their students to arrive later next week. The brightly colored bulletin board displays and large smiles of staff took over the atmosphere of the center Monday morning when photographers stopped by to document the beginning of the year for USD 475.
The Early Childhood program has a number of services and will now be expanded further to include more support for eligible families in Geary County. The program will offer free educational services through a range of program intensities for typically developing preschool-age children and children with identified developmental needs. Program placement is based on criteria such as:
• Free/Reduced lunch eligibility
• Single parent
• Teen parent (parent 19 or younger at the time of the child’s birth)
• Children of active duty military
• Either parent lacks a high school diploma or GED (at enrollment)
• Limited English proficiency
• DCF Referral
• Children qualify for migrant status
• Lower than expected developmental progress in at least one of the following areas: Cognitive development; physical development; communication/literacy; social-emotional/behavior; adaptive behavior/self-help skills
Parents of incoming students should make sure to have a backpack and a change of clothing to be dropped off with the children on the first day of Early Childhood classes.