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Sycamore Community School District 427 Awarded Preschool For All Grant

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Sycamore Community School District 427 Awarded Preschool For All Grant
Sycamore Community School District 427 is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a Preschool for All (PFA) Grant from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to expand our Little Spartans Early Learning Program. This development is set to take effect at the start of the 2024-25 school year.
 
The State announced that our district was selected to receive funding from the competitive PFA program, which provides funding directly to public school districts to increase access to early childhood education and intervention services for children ages 3 to 5.
 
The grant represents a major milestone for our community, as it empowers the school district to offer preschool education at no cost to some families who qualify based on state criteria. This includes delays identified on screening instruments in intellectual processing, academics, speech/communication, social-emotional development, and/or motor development. In addition, family environmental factors such as low income, homeless, parent/sibling with a disability, parent education level, family structure, non-English speaking household, and others are also considered when identifying eligibility.
 
This grant will also allow us to transition to a five-day-per-week schedule, providing a more comprehensive and consistent learning experience for our students and their families. This initiative is a testament to our commitment to providing high-quality early learning opportunities for children in the Sycamore community. “Providing learning opportunities and support for our preschool students helps prepare them to become lifelong learners in our district and beyond,” said Mr. Steve Wilder, Superintendent. “We are always looking for ways to expand our programs for our students, and through the financial support of this grant, we’ll be able to expand our Little Spartans program.”
 
Sycamore Community School District 427 acknowledges the invaluable support of the Illinois State Board of Education in recognizing the significance of early childhood education. This grant will enable us to create a more accessible and enriching learning environment for our young Spartans. A strong educational foundation is essential for the future success of our community. The expanded schedule and tuition-free preschool education will play a pivotal role in preparing our Little Spartans for a successful transition into kindergarten and beyond.
 
Parents and guardians interested in enrolling their preschool students for the 2024-25 school year, can attend an Open House scheduled for Thursday, February 1, 2024, from 4:30-6:30 PM at South Prairie Elementary, 820 Borden Avenue in Sycamore. Please enter through Door W5. Registration for tuition students will open on Wednesday, February 14, 2024, at 8:00 AM at littlespartans.syc427.org. If you would like to qualify for tuition-free preschool, please schedule a screening appointment here. Families can also contact Mrs. Niamh Welp, Program Administrator, at 815-899-8129. Eligible students must live within Sycamore Community School District 427 boundaries and be at least three years old by September 1, 2024.
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