Oregon School District Starting New Pre-K Program

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OREGON (WIFR) -- Some kids in the Oregon School District are getting a chance to attend free preschool.

The new program is called Foundations 4 Success and it's open to all four-year-olds in the district but there are only 36 spots available so there will be a lottery held if more than 36 families apply.

The Pre-K program will be held inside Oregon Elementary School five days a week, for two-and-a-half hours each day. There will be a morning class from 8:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. and the afternoon session will be held from 12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Transportation will be provided.

Kids will engage in play-based activities to help them prepare for the next level.

"We want to get more of our kids to have an opportunity to experience that preschool setting and getting them the readiness skills that they need to be successful in kindergarten," said Ann Tilton, principal of Oregon Elementary School.

The new program is different than the existing early childhood program, which is for at-risk students and those with special needs. Foundations 4 Success is for all other four-year-old students who don't qualify for the existing preschool.

The registration deadline is July 18th and parents will be notified whether their child was chosen by July 28th. To apply, click the attached link.

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