Pre-kindergarten for 3 year olds to start at East Hill in January

The Canajoharie Central School District will launch a pre-kindergarten program for 3 year olds beginning in January 2017.

The new full-day class will begin Jan. 30. Contact the district’s partner, the Fulmont Community Action Agency, at 800-958-8225 to enroll your child.

In November, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the district was awarded a $150,475 state grant to implement the program. Canajoharie was one of just 25 districts statewide to receive a portion of more than $10 million the state set aside to promote early education in high-need districts, and improve the academic future for all students.

The district already offers a Universal Pre-Kindergarten program for 4 year olds and partners with FulMont to provide Headstart services. Those programs will continue and will work in conjunction with the new pre-k for 3 three year olds.

“Research shows that children who participate in high-quality early education programs benefit greatly,” Superintendent of Schools Deborah Grimshaw said. “Establishing a pre-k program for 3 year olds will help our students build a better foundation for success later in life.”

The state funding was awarded to school districts based on the quality of the application and other factors, including district and student need, efforts to target the highest need students, and efforts to maximize total number of children served in pre-kindergarten programs, the state’s news release said.

East Hill Principal Stacy Ward wrote the grant application.