Co­hoes wins state grant for Har­mony Hill pre-K

The Record (Troy, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Record staff

CO­HOES, N.Y. >> The Co­hoes City School Dis­trict re­cently an­nounced that it has been awarded a New York State Ed­u­ca­tion Dept. (NYSED) grant for $137,761 that will al­low the dis­trict to add a pre-K class­room for 18 three­year- olds at Har­mony Hill El­e­men­tary School.

Dis­trict of­fi­cials said Har­mony Hill is cur­rently the dis­trict’s only el­e­men­tary school with­out a pre-K class­room for three-year- olds.

“There is cur­rently a wait­ing list of ap­prox­i­mately 30 stu­dents, so the need in Co­hoes is very great, “said Su­per­in­ten­dent Dr. Jen­nifer Spring in a news re­lease

“This grant is in­cred­i­bly im­por­tant for our chil­dren and their fam­i­lies,” she added. “Im­mers­ing chil­dren in a lit­er­acy-rich en­vi­ron­ment in the early years has a tremen­dous im­pact on long-term stu­dent suc­cess. Ex­pand­ing our three-yearold pro­gram will en­sure a brighter fu­ture for more of our stu­dents.”

Dis­trict of­fi­cials said ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion will be forth­com­ing.

Dis­trict lead­ers said they an­tic­i­pate the new class­room to be open to stu­dents the first week of Jan­uary.

De­tails of the three-yearold pro­gram:

• Fol­lows the school- day sched­ule, run­ning from 8:30 a.m. to 2:40 p.m.;

• Free for all Co­hoes three­year- olds (must turn three on or be­fore Dec. 1, 2018);

• Free break­fast and lunch pro­vided.

The dis­trict said that stu­dents who com­plete the three-year- old pro­gram are au­to­mat­i­cally guar­an­teed place­ment in the four-yearold pro­gram the fol­low­ing year.

More in­for­ma­tion on the Co­hoes pre-K pro­gram can be found on the dis­trict web­site at­­demics/pre-k/

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