May 24, 2017

Preschool program recommendation difficult to make

By Annette Tait
The Center-Stanton preschool program is a popular one, with parents and children looking forward to participating. This made Center-Stanton Superintendent Tracy Peterson’s recommendation to the school board a very difficult one to make.
New state requirements mandate that schools which offer a preschool program for 3-year-olds must also be licensed as daycare providers. After investigating those requirements, which include, at a minimum, the physical size of the facility, staff qualifications -- including training and background checks, staff-to-child ratios, safety features, and cleanliness, and visiting with Center-Stanton Elementary Principal Kathy Bullinger and Preschool Teacher Laurie Thompson on the topic, Peterson provided the board with an overview and recommendation to no longer offer a program for 3-year-olds.
 “A lot of schools are no longer doing 3-year-old preschool due to the daycare requirements,” Peterson said.


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