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Education

April 19, 2014

KSC to host early childhood round-up

Kokomo School Corp. is hosting an Early Childhood Round-up from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday for all incoming students and parents interested in kindergarten, preschool or Head Start programs.

The interactive and informative family event will take place at Memorial Gymnasium. Elementary principals and kindergarten and preschool teachers will be on hand to discuss their schools and the variety of programs offered at Kokomo Schools.

“Teachers, both from kindergarten and preschools, and administrators will be available to answer questions about ‘choice’ programs, special programs, transportation, and curriculum,” explained Dorothea Irwin, director of elementary programs at Kokomo Schools. “We have many wonderful stations where the children can participate, as well as detailed information for the adults.”

This event is especially important for incoming kindergarten students and their families since they will sign up for their kindergarten screening. Parents also will learn about their options concerning transportation and curriculum at the magnet and neighborhood elementary schools.

Kokomo Schools is expanding its preschool options for children 3 to 5 years old in the 2014-15 school year with half-day and full-day preschool programs at Boulevard, Elwood Haynes, Lafayette Park and Pettit Park elementary schools. The Head Start program is tuition free for eligible children who meet specific federal guidelines.

“While parents are learning about the kindergarten and preschool options at Kokomo Schools, they can complete an application at the roundup,” Irwin said. “We also have several activities that will help the children prepare for that first day of school in the fall.”

Several organizations will be present at the Kokomo School Corp. Early Childhood Round-up, including: Kokomo Police Department, Kokomo Fire Department, Howard Community Regional Health, Kokomo-Howard County Public Library, Planet Mind, Indiana University Kokomo, United Way, Bona Vista, Ivy Tech Community College, Coyote Kids and Kokomo Parks and Recreation Department.

Children who will be 5 years old on or before Aug. 1 first can sign up for kindergarten. Children 3 to 5 years old are eligible for preschool.

Parents and children are asked to enter the round-up through the two main entrances facing Apperson Way. The South Lot near Gate 8 will be for handicapped parking only. Other attendees can park in the Central Middle International School lot off Sycamore Street, in the lot south of the bridge on Apperson Way, the lot south of Central near the middle school gymnasium and on Superior Street.

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