A local pre-kindergarten program will start the school year in a new home.
Regional Superintendent of Schools Monte Newlin announced today that ROE 12's Storybrooke Pre-K Program has relocated for the 2017-18 school year to a new facility at the SENCO Training Center on Eaton Street.
"Over the past many years, our Robinson pre-K program partnered with Gingerbread House Daycare and was located at their south facility on Pine Street. With the start of the new school year, we have been fortunate to have offered to us the training facility at SENCO," Newlin said.
Newlin credited Chad Brown and his team at SENCO with helping fulfill a need. The company "really went above and beyond" in offering their training area for the program.
"They saw a need and didn't hesitate in stepping up to the plate," he said, adding the move to more modern facilities aligns with the program's long-term goals.
The modification of the facility has allowed what was one large area to become two classrooms. Along with the existing kitchen and handicapped-accessible restrooms, the addition of a new playground area makes the transition complete.
"We're grateful for our long association with Gingerbread and we're excited about the modern facilities that have been made possible by SENCO," said Newlin.
"ROE's pre-K director, Christie Butcher, worked tirelessly to forge new relationships that have blossomed into new collaborative opportunities for the pre-K students served by the program," he added.
"Christie is a dynamo with a heart for kids and a passion for meeting their individual needs," Newlin said. "Her efforts, especially over this summer, have yielded something special for the kids of our community."
An open house will be scheduled in the weeks to come. For more information about the program, visit the ROE's Regional Services page at www.roe12.org or contact Christie Butcher at 544-2719.
Newlin's office operates five pre-K programs in Clay, Crawford, Jasper and Richland counties, serving 180 students annually through a state-funded "Preschool for All" grant.