Anson County Partnership for Children is accepting applications for N.C. Pre-K, a kindergarten readiness initiative that is proven to help four year-olds gain basic skills needed for success in elementary school. Children who are four years of age before Aug. 31, 2017, are eligible to apply for this high-quality program, which is free to qualifying families.
“Pre-K is a place where children learn skills that are vital to child development,” Karen Gerald, childcare services coordinator with the Partnership, said. “N.C. Pre-K children learn how to socialize, make their own decisions, and interact with others. These are all important skills to child development. To make the transition to kindergarten easier, children learn eye contact, gain self-confidence, develop work efficiency, create a stronger attention span and work on temper control.”
Not only are children who attended Pre-K more successful in school, they usually have higher grade-point averages and are more likely to graduate high school and college, according to Partnership staff.
N.C. Pre-K classes operate on a regular school calendar and are designed to address emotional and social development, physical health, language development and cognitive functioning, according to the Partnership. Through the incorporation of indoor and outdoor learning environments, students participate in active learning experiences to foster a lifetime love of learning.
Partnership officials say a high priority is placed on serving children who meet the following criteria: child’s family is at or below 75 percent of the state median income level, a disability has been identified, they have limited English proficiency, developmental differences, chronic health conditions, or a parent who is active military service personnel.
There are currently four centers operating N.C. Pre-K classes in Anson County. These classes are located at Anson Children’s Center, Central Center for Children and Families, Morven Elementary School, and Open Doors Center for Children.
Parents or guardians interested in learning more about the N.C. Pre-K program should contact Karen Gerald at 704-694-4036, ext. 105 or email@example.com. Applications are available in the Partnership’s Early Childhood Resource Center located at 117 South Greene St., Wadesboro or online at ansonchildren.org.