Education

Afternoon pre-school openings at Gateway

Littleville preschoolers Bryce and Evan at work/play. (Photo submitted)

HUNTINGTON – The Gateway Regional School District announced this week that they still have openings for the afternoon session of the Littleville preschool program in Huntington.
The preschool is free, and is open to Gateway Regional families only. Families must provide their own transportation to and from the preschool. The afternoon session runs Tuesdays through Fridays from 12:40 to 3:10 p.m. Gateway’s wrap-around program, which is a separate program, is available to preschool students until 6 p.m., for a fee.
Students must be four years old on or before Sept. 1, and must participate in a screening in order to enroll. A screening will be held on Aug. 28, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Preschool begins on Sept. 4.
“We’re looking for any children out there who may not be aware of the program,” said Susan Rhoads, early childhood coordinator and teacher at Littleville for the half-day programs. She said interested families should call 413-685-1312.
Rhoads, who has taught at the district for nine years, said the morning session for the half day preschool program is full, with 15 students. Seven slots are for students on IEPs, she said.
The full-day preschool, which started last year at both the Littleville and Chester elementary schools, is also full. Rhoads said they held spring registration and screenings in May for prospective students, and the programs filled up very quickly.
The full-day preschool program is part of the plan to start a Chapter 74 Early Childhood and Care vocational program at the school, for which they received initial approval from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in February.

Amy Porter can be reached at [email protected]

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