D89 To Expand Preschool For All Program, Screenings Open This Month

Thursday, July 5, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews || Updated: 7/8/18

Maywood-Melrose Park-Broadview School District 89 recently announced that it is expanding its Preschool For All Program, according to district officials.

The announcement comes after the district was awarded a $1.8 million competitive grant from the Illinois State Board of Education. The grant, district officials said, will allow D89 to serve 480 students, ages 3 to 4 years old.

The additional funding means an increase from four to 12 classrooms. Each classroom will have 40 students — 20 in the morning and 20 in the afternoon half-day class.

“Preschool is imperative for our children to continue to build upon their current skill levels to prepare for Kindergarten,” said Lauren Pace, the district’s early childhood coordinator. 

This gives our children the opportunity to jumpstart their academic career, to build relationships, develop literacy and mathematics skills, improve social-emotional skills and learn how to collaborate with one another,” she said. 

Parents interested in enrolling their children in the program will participate in a screening process that will be held be held July 17 through July 26.

Families interested in enrolling their children in the program can fill out a request for screening online at maywood89.org/preschool/preschool-screening/

For more information you may also call the district at (708) 450-2460 to speak with someone in the Early Childhood Department. VFP 

Correction: This post has been updated to reflect the correct number of students per classroom that the grant funding will allow. VFP regrets the error. 

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