BEATRICE – Beatrice Public Schools officials are finishing preparations for a single-site preschool program for this coming school year.
The district has been transforming the Cedar Elementary School facility into the district’s preschool location.
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Missy Timmerman is the District 15 Coordinator for Early Childhood Education. Painting and playground work is being done this summer, in preparation for the new school year. Some interior modifications are being made. Timmerman says teachers have been at the building throughout the summer, helping prepare the facility for the district’s program for three-year-old and four-year-old children.
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In addition to providing a better educational experience, school officials hope that by offering an extensive preschool program, it will help boost future enrollment in the district. The amount of state funding a district receives is based partly on student population.
Timmerman says early learning years are critical in a child’s development.
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Superintendent Pat Nauroth says preschoolers entering kindergarten, will have already acquired some social skills, prompting the district to look at changes to kindergarten and higher grades learning opportunities.
During the first week of the school year, home visits will be conducted with parents of preschoolers. That provides a chance for staff members to connect with parents of the kids and help answer any questions about the program.
Preschool classes will begin, August 22nd.