Local pre-kindergarten registration is underway

Submitted photo Home Ties Child Development Center at Youth Health Service is accepting applications for its Randolph County Board of Education pre-kindergarten collaborative classroom. There also is an early pre-k program.

ELKINS — Home Ties Child Development Center at Youth Health Service is now accepting applications for its Randolph County Board of Education pre-kindergarten collaborative classroom.

HTCDC has partnered with the Randolph County BOE since 2005 to provide the collaborative classroom as a nontraditional option for children and families. While this classroom follows the same curriculum, enrollment and assessment requirements as those classrooms in the traditional school setting, it also allows for a more private and personable setting, officials said.

Jackie Crites, HTCDC pre-kindergarten teacher, works to provide her students with a range of learning opportunities and her primary goal for each of her students is to send them to kindergarten with the skills they need to be successful.

Crites said, “The learning environment at HTCDC is ideal for children who may struggle with transitions or who have never been in a structured setting before; it’s less intimidating than the larger traditional schools.”

Katie Daniels, director of HTCDC, added that “children in our pre-k classroom benefit from having fewer transitions throughout the day and caregivers like the ease of not having to arrange for before-school and after-school care; we provide that here.”

Many caregivers start their work day before school begins and end their work day after school is let out; HTCDC is nationally accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and is licensed by the state of West Virginia to provide child care to infants from 6 weeks to children through 12 years old.

In addition to the formal pre-k classroom, HTCDC will once again offer an early pre-k program for younger children. The early pre-k program allows children who are 3.5 years old prior to the start of the school year to begin developing skills to better ensure academic success.

Children who will be 4 years old prior to July 1, 2018, are eligible to enroll in any county pre-k classroom, including HTCDC’s classroom free of charge. Caregivers may contact Katie Daniels at 304-636-9450 to fill out a pre-k application for HTCDC, complete enrollment for child care services or set up a tour of center.

Caregivers also can visit www.youth-health.org for more information.

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