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Poplar Bluff schools awarded $250k to add full-day preschool program

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

A $2500,000 grant has been awarded to Poplar Bluff Schools to add a preschool program that will further help serve the needs of the community in getting district children school-ready.

The funding through the Missouri Preschool Program will allow the Early Childhood Center to enroll 60 students ages 3 to 5, and employ six staff members to manage three classrooms. 

The plan is for the preschool to be operational by Monday, Sept 21, pending licensing by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

Enrollment will be on a first come, first serve basis. 

Cost of tuition will be set on a sliding scale based on the income levels used for the free and reduced lunch program.

"Studies have shown over the years that when students enter kindergarten, there is a marked difference in skill levels from students who have or have not participated in preschool education," said JoAnne Westbrook, Early Childhood Center director. "Currently our highly qualified staff at Early Childhood is only able to serve a fourth of our kids entering the Kindergarten Center."

A waiting list is currently being compiled at the Early Childhood Center located at 1235 N. Main St. 

For consideration, a child must be 3 years of age but not older than 5 as of July 31.

For more information, call 573-785-6803.

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