Early Childhood Roundup

Early Childhood Roundup
Early Childhood Roundup

Kokomo Schools Kindergarten & Early Childhood Roundup Feb. 27

 Kokomo School Corporation continues to expand the number of quality Early Childhood programs and educational opportunities for our community. We encourage Kindergarten and Preschool parents to visit our elementary schools during Tour Week Feb. 21-22 and allow Kokomo Schools officials the opportunity to showcase these quality educational experiences.

 Parents of 3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds (by Aug. 1, 2018) are encouraged to attend the Kokomo Schools Kindergarten & Early Childhood Education Roundup from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at Memorial Gym. The event will offer specific information for students entering Community Preschool, Head Start Preschool, or one of our many Kindergarten programs.

 During the roundup, families with incoming preschool and kindergarten students will receive registration information, participate in activities to preview the Early Childhood years, and learn about community resources available to families. In addition to displays by our 7 elementary schools and Head Start preschool, the following Community Partners will be present to assist families: Bona Vista, Child Care Solutions, Coyote Kids, the Family Services Association, the Girl Scouts, Indiana University Kokomo, Ivy Tech Community College, the Kokomo Area Reading Council, the Kokomo Downtown Farmers’ Market, the City of Kokomo Parks & Recreation Department, the Kokomo Howard County Public Library, the Kokomo Public Schools Education Foundation, the Very Early Childhood Education Center, United Way of Howard County, and On My Way Pre-K.

 Each Kokomo elementary (K-5) school offers unique opportunities. The following programs – Neighborhood at Elwood Haynes (focuses on Inquiry, Exploration, and Discovery), Technology Academy (Bon Air and Pettit Park), International Baccalaureate (IB) (Sycamore and Lafayette Park), STEM (Boulevard), KEY for High Ability students (Sycamore), and Integrated Arts (Wallace) – are available at the elementary level.

 “All seven of our Elementary schools have full day kindergarten for our 5 and 6 year old children,” said Kokomo Schools Assistant Superintendent Dorothea Irwin. “The Kindergarten curriculum follows the Indiana State Standards through the lens of each elementary school’s unique program.”

 Parents are reminded that if they are interested in applying for one of the Kokomo Schools Magnet programs – International Baccalaureate, Integrated Arts, KEY High Ability, and Outdoor Preschool and Kindergarten – students must enroll by March 24th to be eligible for early acceptance.

 Preschool opportunities for Kokomo area students are available at Head Start Preschool (Darrough Chapel Early Learning Center), as well as Community Preschools at school-based sites at 6 elementary locations – Boulevard STEM, Elwood Haynes Neighborhood, Lafayette Park International, Pettit Park Technology Academy, and new for the 2018-2019 school year, Sycamore International and Bon Air Technology Academy. Half-day programs, funded by Title I and free to Kokomo School Corporation residents, are available at all 6 school-based sites. Full-day co-pay programs are offered at Elwood Haynes, Lafayette Park, Pettit Park, and Boulevard Outdoor.

 The best place to ask questions about Kokomo School Corporation’s unique preschool and kindergarten opportunities is at the Kokomo Schools Kindergarten & Early Childhood Education Roundup Tuesday, February 27th from 5 to 7 p.m. at Memorial Gym. Kokomo Schools wants to help parents find the educational program that best fits each of their student’s learning styles.

 To apply for any program/school in the Kokomo School Corporation for the 2018-2019 school year, parents can also visit: www.KokomoSchools.com and select the 2018-2019 Parent Choice (PK) Application, or the 2018-2019 Parent Choice (K-8) Application, under District Announcements.

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