The ConVal School Board has taken an important step in advancing the Preschool For All model for the ConVal School District. Currently associated with Antrim Elementary, Greenfield Elementary, and Peterborough Elementary School, the plan is to expand the preschool program in two phases over the next two years.
Phase 1 is planned for the 2020-2021 school year and will extend the existing First Friends programs to a full-day, five-days-a-week program for four-year-olds. During Phase 2, planned for the 2021-2022 school year, the expanded program will provide preschool education to all four-year-olds in the district.
The primary goal of the expansion of the pre-school program is to ensure that all four-year-old children will have access to high-quality early childhood education.
The district-wide focus on equity was also a strong consideration. The goal is to create learning environments and conditions in which all students can learn and succeed, regardless of their geographic location in the district, economic status, or whether or not they have a disability.
For more on the Preschool For All program, please see the handout here.