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Local preschool wins award for kindergarten readiness

November 14, 2019
By Ryan Trares


Early Learning Community was chosen as one of nine pre-K programs in the state to receive the Strong Start for Kindergarten Prize. The school received $5,000, funded from the state’s Preschool Development Grant.

With the money, officials plan to provide kindergarten-readiness camps for children over the summer, as well as offer sessions for parents to learn more about the process.

Early Learning Community is a nonprofit community preschool, which provides services to children ages 3 to 5. The preschool operates out of a pair of Greenwood Community elementary schools, Northeast and Westwood.

“Because preschool is not affordable, we want to do more in between the school years. These camps will let us share information with parents about what to expect when their kids go to kindergarten,” said Dawn Underwood, preschool director of Early Learning Communtiy. “We want to be a resource to families in our community who don’t understand the process and for children who have never been to preschool.”

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