District provides free preschool for all 4-year-olds

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August 14, 2019 - 10:52 AM

Jessy Coffield, preschool teacher, and Sheri Orear, owner of Ready Set Learn preschool, prepare materials for the first day of school, which starts today. A new program combines USD 257, ANW Cooperative and private preschools and daycares to offer tuition-free preschool, transportation and the same curriculum to all 4-year-olds in the district.

Every child deserves an equal chance to a good education.

That?s the theory behind a new USD 257 program that joins forces with local preschools and licensed daycare providers to level the playing field for all 4-year-olds in the district, and better prepare them for kindergarten.

A $139,610 state education grant will allow the district to provide preschool to every 4-year-old, including those who attend two private preschools in Iola: Munchkinland and More at 401 S. Walnut, and Ready Set Learn at 602 S. State. 

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