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Tallassee awarded First Class Pre-K grant

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Tallassee City Schools will be continuing its Office of School Readiness First Class Pre-K classroom this year. District staff wrote and submitted the continuation grant application for the classroom in January.

According to program guidelines, “The First Class Pre-K Program is Alabama's state funded voluntary program for four-year-old children who are residents of the State of Alabama. The program is funded by the Education Trust Fund and the Preschool Development Grant through the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education (DECE) Office of School Readiness (OSR). A registered child must be four on or before Sept. 2, 2018 to qualify.”

Dr. Brock Nolin, Federal Programs Coordinator for Tallassee City Schools, said, “This is a great opportunity for the children of Tallassee. This program is helping prepare four year olds in our community for kindergarten. Research shows that children that participate in high quality Pre-K programs have much better outcomes both in school and afterward. Parents should go online to alprek.asapconnected.com to register their child.”

Mr. Wade Shipman, Superintendent of Tallassee City Schools noted, “We’ve been wanting to implement a program like this for quite a while. It’s been in our strategic plan, and I’m happy to see it come to fruition and continue. I’d like to thank those who put forth the work in making it happen including Dr. Brock Nolin (Federal Programs Coordinator for Tallassee City Schools), Ms. Shanikka Beacher (Principal, Tallassee Elementary School), and our Pre-K teachers Mrs. Hillary Eckstein and Mrs. Lauren Hammonds.”

The program guidelines dictate that a random drawing will be held to select students for the classroom. The random drawing will be held in the Tallassee Elementary School cafeteria on April 4 at 4:00 p.m. and is open to the public. Parents who are interested in applying should follow the link above and fill out the required information between Feb. 15 and March 31. Any submissions after March 31 will not be accepted. To receive a flier by email, send a request to brock.nolin@tcschools.com.

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