Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

EVSC Board Gets Pre-K Update ; Bosse's Enlow Gets New Name, Owen Stadium

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

EVSC Board Gets Pre-K Update ; Bosse's Enlow Gets New Name, Owen Stadium

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The Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp. has been a leader in Indiana in recognizing the importance of high, quality early childhood education, Cathlin Gray, EVSC associate superintendent of family, school and community partnerships, told School Board members Monday evening.

Over the past five years, Gray said the EVSC has allocated $1 million annually of the district's Title 1 funding to support early childhood education.

Gray, along with EVSC's Director of Early Childhood Education Terry Green, updated board members Monday night on the district's being one of five selected to participate in the state's pre-K pilot program for 4-year-olds from low-income families.

Starting in January, the EVSC will be eligible to serve an additional 200 at-risk 4-year-olds, Gray said. And in 2015, the district will have capacity to serve 400 additional youths. Currently, she said about 350 at-risk 3-and 4-year-olds are given an early childhood education.

The program funds are given to accredited private schools, public schools and community-based early education providers with a Level 3 or Level 4 in Paths to QUALITY ?, Indiana's voluntary child care quality rating and improvement system. The five pilot counties were chosen by the Indiana Family Social Services Administration (FSSA), based on need and the county's ability and readiness to meet that need.

Gray said the grant will award about $6,800 per student to families, not providers. The program will run for at least five hours a day, for 180 days.

Green said most local child care providers do not have the capacity to expand beyond the number of students they currently serve, so many new students will go to an EVSC school. Green said the EVSC "certainly" has the capacity to serve many additional children. Officials are searching for available space in schools to accommodate the new students. She said it's not expected the EVSC will serve all additional 200 students in January, but the district does expect to add five to 10 new classrooms by then. The rest will be added by the fall of 2015.

Green said many spaces have already been found, but it may require "rethinking" the space. …

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