It’s time to register for school

It’s time! The first day of the next school year may seem a long way off, but the preschools, Warren County School District, and the non-public schools are already planning for your child or children to enter their classrooms. A great deal of preparation is involved in creating the best possible experience for your child. Registrations will be taking place across the county during the week of January 28 to February 1.

Long before children enter kindergarten, they are learning about the world around them: colors, smells, sights, sounds. Education may be seen as “starting in kindergarten,” but learning starts much earlier. In fact, nearly 90 percent of brain development occurs before the age of five. Research shows children who do not have quality early learning experiences start behind when they enter school. Research also shows a student who starts behind; stay behind. This is why it is so important for young children to have quality early learning experiences.

Warren County is fortunate to have a wide variety of quality learning opportunities for its youngest learners; including Head Start, preschools, preschool programs for children with special needs, child care centers, home providers, Pre-K Counts, and kindergarten.

Head Start is a comprehensive child development program which serves income-eligible children ages three to five and their families. The program promotes social competency and school-readiness and includes parent engagement and health screenings.

Preschools offer learning opportunities to three-and-four-year-olds from September until May.

Classes are held two to five days per week for several hours each day. Children learn social, emotional and school readiness skills through activities and play.

Full- and part-time childcare is available in daycare centers and homes; providing a safe environment for working families. Children have opportunities to learn, make new friends, and develop school readiness skills. Through a partnership with the Warren County School District, the district reading and math curriculum are offered in many child care facilities and preschools.

Pennsylvania established a voluntary quality enhancement program, Keystone STARS, which recognizes licensed child care providers who exceed state health and safety regulations. Facilities are eligible for 1, 2, 3, or 4 STAR ranking depending on the quality of their program, staffing qualifications, and business practices. This is a great tool for parents to use in selecting a child care facility. For more information, visit www.pakeys.org.

For several years members of Warren’s early learning community have been working together to create seamless transition opportunities as children move from pre-kindergarten to kindergarten. According to a previous principal at the elementary school “We know kindergarten teachers appreciate all the efforts made by parents, preschools and school-aged professionals has to lead to a successful transition for children as they enter the kindergarten environment.”

EOC coordinates a Pre-K Scholarship Program which assists families with the cost of early learning opportunities. Because of this program, the financial barrier of early learning has been significantly decreased in Warren and Forest Counties. For more information on the scholarship program, or to learn which facilities participate in the scholarship program, contact the Warren-Forest EOC at 726-2400.

While February may seem early for registrations, early enrollment helps the facilities plan for programming and staffing, allows families to prepare their child for a new learning environment and guarantees enrollment for programs which fill up quickly.

For more information about early learning opportunities or child care, call the Early Learning Resource (CCIS) at 230-9033.

Pre-School Registration

Creative Preschool

Applications will be accepted on a first come/first serve basis. Classes meet 8:30 – 11:15am and 12:00 – 2:45pm (depending on enrollment size). Contact First United Methodist Church at 723-4930, Lindsey Mealy at 706-9226, or Jane Crouch at 723-7224.

Grace Promise Preschool

Packets are available at the Grace United Methodist Church. Registration will begin on February 1 and will remain open until all slots are filled. Contact Trish Gentilman at 723-9440 or 723-8011.

Ruth M. Smith

Center Preschool

Ongoing enrollment occurs throughout the year. Contact Lead Teacher MaryAnn Walters at 968-3239.

Sugar Grove

Imaginative Preschool

Registration is open after January 1. Contact Julie Harrington at 489-3105 x13 for more information.

YMCA Preschool

Preschool registration begins February 13 for currently-enrolled children. Open registration begins February 20 and will remain open until all available slots and filled — from 8:30 a.m. to noon, and 4 to 5:30 p.m. on February 13 and 20; registration will be held in the lobby. Other than those times, see Amy Carlson to register. Children must be three years old by July 1, 2019. For additional information, contact Carlson at 726-0110, ext. 112.

Don Mills Early Childhood Learning Center

The Early Childhood Learning Center at Don Mills Achievement Center offers a unique learning experience for typical developing children ages three to five as well as little ones with learning challenges. Led by an Early Childhood Education teacher along with a Speech & Language Pathologist, Don Mills provides a nurturing atmosphere where all preschool children can learn and grow.

Don Mills uses the Fundations Curriculum, PA Early Learning Standards, and monthly S.T.E.M. activities for hands-on learning and a successful transition into kindergarten. The program has open enrollment all year-round for both morning and afternoon classes, Monday through Friday. For more information about the program and scholarship opportunities, call 723-5730.

St. Joseph’s Preschool

Enrollment is open after February 1 and will remain open until slots are filled. Stop in the school office during school hours (8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m.) to register.

Pre-K visitation will be held March 15 from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Contact Nancy Warner at 723-2030.

Clarendon United Methodist Preschool

Contact 723-5435 for more information.

Jefferson DeFrees

Family Center

Contact Stacy Confer, Director at 723-6350 for more information.

IU Preschool

The Center-Based Early Intervention Program — This is a two-to-four-day program provided for children with special needs. Contact the Intermediate Unit 1-800-677-5610, ext. 8461(Kim Sanders), to request an evaluation for your three-to-five-year-old.

Autistic Support Classroom — This is a two-to-four-day a week program provided for three- to five-year-old children who have been diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Contact the Intermediate Unit 1-800-677-5610, ext. 8461(Kim Sanders), to request an evaluation for your three-to-five-year-old.

Head Start

Ongoing enrollment occurs throughout the year. Applications are currently being accepted for the current school year and the year that begins in September. Classes operate four or five days a week and follow the public school calendar. There are 12 classrooms in four centers in Warren County. Children must be three years old. Call Amy Willsie at 726-2400, ext. 3010, or 1-800-231-1797, ext. 3010, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Pennsylvania

Pre-K Counts

Warren County has been funded for two Pre-K Counts programs; both are located at the EOC Head Start program in the McClintock Building on Pennsylvania Avenue. Registration is ongoing. Contact Amy Willsie at Warren-Forest EOC Head Start at 726-2400, ext. 3010.

Child Care/Summer

Care Registrations

Enrollment is ongoing for daycare facilities. For summer care, contact providers for enrollment dates as summer programs fill up fast.

Kelly Family Day Care — Contact Rita Kelly at 757-8874;

Jordan Family Day Care — Contact Lisa Jordan at 723-0778;

Care with Grace Daycare — openings for two-, three-, and four-year-olds. Contact Irene Garris or Jolee Cradduck at 723-9440, ext. 18;

Henry R Rouse Children’s Center and Summer Program — Contact Penny Sampson at 563-2890;

Jefferson DeFrees Family Center and Summer Program — Contact Stacy Confer at 723-6350;

North Warren Presbyterian Day Care — Contact 723-6441 for more information;

Russell UMC Day Care — Contact 757-5085 for more information;

YMCA Child Care and Summer Camps — Contact Amy Carlson at 726-0110, ext. 112;

Don Mills Camp Talk-a-Lot — Contact Barb Swanson 723-5730;

Ruth M. Smith Center — Accepts children from three months to five years of age. Contact MaryAnn Walters at 968-3239.

WCSD Kindergarten

Registration

Kindergarten registration for Warren County School District elementary schools will occur this week, January 28 to February 1.

All children, who will be five (5) years of age on or before the first day of the 2019-2020 school year are eligible to register for enrollment in the 2019-2020 WCSD Kindergarten Program.

Registration for kindergarten will take place at the elementary school in the attendance area of the student’s primary residence. Each family registering a student should bring their child along with their child’s birth certificate, proof of residency (utility bill, tax bill, mortgage, etc.), and the child’s immunization record.

If you have a copy of the WCSD Kindergarten Registration Packet, bring the completed packet with you to registration.

Join your child in attending kindergarten registration on the date/time specified below. Make every effort to attend on this day as this represents a critical first step toward meeting the needs of your child and ensuring their success.

The schedule follows by school:

¯ Warren Area Elementary Center — 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., noon to 2:30 p.m., and 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 28; and 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 29.

¯ Youngsville Elementary School — 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., noon to 2:30 p.m., and 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30 (note correction on page A-2).

¯ Eisenhower Elementary School — 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., noon to 2:30 p.m., and 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31 (note correction on page A-2).

¯ Sheffield Elementary School — 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., noon to 2:30 p.m., and 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 1.

(Note the changes for WAEC this year — no daytime hours will be provided on Tuesday, Jan. 29; only late afternoon/evening hours for registration)

If you have any questions, call the Warren County School District central office at 723-6900.

Other Kindergarten

Registration

St. Joseph

Catholic School

Kindergarten registration will be open after February 1 and will remain open until slots are filled.

Stop by the school office during normal school hours (8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m.) to register.

There will be an open house on Sunday, Jan. 27, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. for all grades.

Kindergarten roundup will be held on February 15 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

For information, contact Nancy Warner at 723-2030. Tours are available.

Warren County

Christian School

Contact WCCS at 563-4457 for kindergarten registration information.

Tidioute Community Charter School

Open enrollment for TCCS will run March 1 to May 1.

Students must be four years old on or before the first day of school for K-4 and must be five years old on or before the first day of school for K-5.

Download a letter of interest at tidioutecharter.com or stop at the school office to pick up enrollment forms.

The K-4 program is from 8 a.m. to noon and the K-5 program is from 8 a.m. to 3:11 p.m.

Both programs are five days a week.

An open house for K-4 and K-5 will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on Friday, March 1.

Call 484-3550 for more information.

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