Universal Pre-K4 Comes to Lake Placid / 3 Slots Remain Open in Bloomingdale

The Lake Placid Central School District announced on Wednesday that the district has been awarded a Universal Full-Day Pre-K 4 grant for the 2014-15 school year. The award is one of 81 grants to school districts and community organizations statewide. The program is a collaborative effort between LPCSD and St. Agnes Elementary School. It will provide all LPCSD four-year-olds (or children who will turn four by December 1, 2014) an opportunity to attend St. Agnes’ Pre-K 4 program at no cost to families.

Numerous research studies provide clear and specific evidence to support the long-term social, intellectual, and economic benefits of preschool education. In his public statement announcing the New York State awards, Governor Cuomo emphasized the power of preschool education: “Training and educating young minds is one of the smartest investments we can make as a State, as studies demonstrate that pre-kindergarten has a long lasting, positive influence on our children’s education and future success.” The St. Agnes – LPCSD Universal Pre-K program has been designed to deliver those same benefits to children throughout the local community. The program provides children with experiences that enrich all aspects of students’ lives through learning. During preschool, students progress academically, physically, socially, and emotionally to develop school readiness skills. Preschool at St. Agnes provides a program that nurtures the whole child and prepares them for a brighter future.

The St. Agnes – LPCSD Universal Pre-K program will offer five hours of Pre-K instruction to four year olds starting this September. Interested families should contact Catherine Bemis, St Agnes Principal, at (518) 523-3771, or attend an information session at St. Agnes School on Tuesday August 26th, at 6:00pm.

3 Spots remain available in Bloomingdale

Universal Pre-K returns to the North Country this fall.. and Bloomingdale Principal Trish Kenyon says “That means four year olds can start into a Pre Kindergarten program for free through a New York State grant that pays the bill” The UPK program in the district has a specific curriculum and Kenyon says she’s seen the program at work.. “It’s a good program and will provide an opportunity for the children to begin to learn a set of skills that will last the rest of their school careers” Kenyon added “We’re still filling the Universal Pre K class and interested parents should give her a call directly at 518-891-3198″

The District’s Business Manager Dan Bower says there are currently 42 four year olds accounted for with an additional 6 applications pending which leaves 2 or 3 more spots available…  It’s also Bower’s last board meeting as the Business Manager in Saranac Lake.. He’ll be heading to Tupper Lake at the end of the month to take over in the finance office there..  The district has hired Cindy Moody and she’ll take over in the business office towards the end of September..

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