Bryant School Dis­trict ac­cept­ing ap­pli­ca­tions for Pre-k pro­gram

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The Bryant Pub­lic Schools Pre-k pro­gram is cur­rently ac­cept­ing ap­pli­ca­tions for the 2019-20 year.

The early child­hood pro­gram is of­fered through Arkansas Bet­ter Chance for School Suc­cess and the Fed­eral Child Care De­vel­op­ment Fund, ac­cord­ing to Devin Sher­rill, spokesper­son for the Bryant School Dis­trict.

Seats are open to res­i­dents of the Bryant School Dis­trict. To qual­ify, stu­dents must be 4 years old by Aug. 1, 2019, and fall within the in­come guide­lines of the pro­gram.

For ex­am­ple, a fam­ily of five earn­ing less than $5,040.83 (gross) per month can qual­ify for the Fed­eral Pre-k grant and at­tend the Pre-k pro­gram free. A fam­ily of three on the ABCSS pro­gram with a fam­ily in­come of less than $3,463.33 (gross) per month can also qual­ify for the free pro­gram.

The Bryant Pre-k pro­gram has eight class­rooms lo­cated on the Bryant El­e­men­tary School cam­pus. Each class is staffed with a Pre-k cer­ti­fied teacher who has earned a bach­e­lor’s or mas­ter’s de­gree. Cre­den­tialed para­pro­fes­sion­als, each with a child de­vel­op­ment as­so­ci­ate’s de­gree, early child­hood as­so­ci­ate’s de­gree or bach­e­lor’s de­gree are also part of the team. Three spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion teach­ers, three speech pathol­o­gists and an early child­hood para­pro­fes­sional com­plete the teach­ing staff, Sher­rill said.

“The pro­gram is aligned with the dis­trict’s kinder­garten cur­ricu­lum, pro­vid­ing di­rec­tion for teach­ers as they pre­pare these young learn­ers for suc­cess

in kinder­garten. Stu­dents in Bryant’s Pre-k are well pre­pared to meet the chal­lenges of el­e­men­tary school,” Sher­rill added.

The pro­gram fol­lows the Bryant Pub­lic Schools cal­en­dar. Be­fore and af­ter school care is avail­able from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Classes be­gin Aug. 13.

Ap­pli­ca­tions are avail­able at bryantscho­ols.org un­der the par­ent tab. Look for “new reg­is­tra­tion.” Ap­pli­ca­tions may also be picked up at the Bryant El­e­men­tary School of­fice.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Tara Arm­strong, di­rec­tor of early child­hood ser­vices, at 501-847-5650 or tarm­[email protected] bryantscho­ols.org.

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