Rome 3-Year-old Pre-K Program Still Has Openings!

Rome 3-Year-old Pre-K Program Still Has Openings!
This is the image for the news article titled Rome 3-Year-old Pre-K Program Still Has Openings!In February, Rome City School District began a new pre-kindergarten program for 3-year olds at six locations in Rome. There are still half-day and full-day options still open and the district wants to let parents know about this wonderful opportunity for their little ones.

Nancy Kristl, Director of Early Childhood, said that the program has 185 available potential openings and 166 students enrolled to date. “We are hoping to fill the rest and would like parents to take advantage of this free program. Tell your friends and neighbors,” she said. Busing is provided to district locations, along with breakfast or lunch for half day students and both meals for full day programs. Clough and John Joy classrooms have up to 18 kids in a classroom, with a teacher and two TA’s. Some community locations have less students in the classroom.

A typical day includes learning through unit thematic lessons. Teachers lead large and small group activities / lessons and extend and refine student learning by facilitating more learning in child learning centers. Play is a young child's "work" so by setting up 'hands on' experiences within the centers, children can relate concepts into real life situations.

Centers can include but are not limited to literacy/books area, blocks/construction, housekeeping/dramatic play area, math and manipulatives, writing center, sand/water/sensory table or area, creative arts area, science / exploratory center and music areas. Some classrooms have smart boards and technology for student engagement. If the unit theme is on learning about plants, learning would be extended into the center time and here may be seeds and dirt in the sensory table, books about plant in the book area, a microscope to look at real plants in the science center, making creative flowers in the art area and a pretend garden in the dramatic play zone. It should all tie to together.

“The advantage having a child in an early childhood program like this one helps children develop those early literacy and math skills long before they ever get to kindergarten. The students will work on learning letter names, letter sounds, identifying numbers and counting, increasing their vocabulary and understanding of new science and social studies concepts, learning social skills and ready to learn behaviors as well as many other skills. The most important aspect is for children to learn that school can be a fun place to be and that learning is fun. Studies have shown that students who attend Pre-K programs have improved attendance in later years. There are fewer needing to repeat a grade and less need for academic supports in Elementary School” said Kristl.

Parents can enroll their three-year-olds calling Clough at 315-334-1250 and ask for one of the Home/School Liaisons or talk to Nancy Kristl.

There are still both full and half day options left for this year and slots available for next year's program. Interested parents should call the school OR stop in the Early Childhood Center at 409 Bell Road to fill out an application. They should bring proof of residency, birth certificate and shot record. The district is hoping to fill up the remaining slots by the beginning of April.

Clough School – 401 Bell Rd, Rome, NY 13440
John Joy Elementary - 8194 Bielby Rd, Rome, NY 13440
Little Learners - 808 Cypress St, Rome, NY 13440
Head Start - 276 Brookley Rd, Rome, NY 13441
Rome Catholic - 400 Floyd Ave, Rome, NY 13440
Kings Kids - 7985 Turin Rd, Rome, NY 13440

The program was made possible by a $1,147,527 grant from New York State, awarded in November. This award is the second largest grant provided in the State for this program.

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