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Expanded Paris 95 preschool classes will help our children prepare for future

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An additional 60 Paris 95 children will have the opportunity to attend pre-school during the 2019-2010 school year, thanks to an Illinois State Board of Education grant — and we believe this will help these children with their future education.

The $390,000 ISBE grant will allow the Paris district to offer the preschool at no cost — from transportation to food and supplies — for local parents who might not able to pay for the additional education.

It’s no secret that attending a preschool program benefits children. According to greatschools.org, while a child may still be a wee tyke, a quality preschool sets up the students for future academic, emotional and social success.

Preschool not only provides an opportunity for growth through a structured setting, it also promotes social and emotional development.In order to learn, a young child needs to feel cared for and secure with a teacher or caregiver. A three-year-old child is able to spend time away from parents and build trusting relationships with adults outside the family. Studies show preschool programs nurture warm relationships among children, teachers and parents — and teachers build a close personal connection with each child in their care.

Preschool also prepares children for kindergarten, which has become much more academic. Preschool can launch any child on the path of success in their future education.

Preschool also promotes language and cognitive skills. Between the ages of three to five, a child’s vocabulary grows from 900 to 2,500 words and their sentences become longer and more complex. In a conversational manner, and without dominating the discussion, teachers help children stretch their language skills by asking thought-provoking questions and introducing new vocabulary during science, art, snack time and other activities. Children have many opportunities to sing, talk about favorite read-aloud books and act out stories.

Thank you to Paris 95 Superintendent Jeremy Larson and his administrative staff for going the extra mile for our children. As the Paris 95 school motto emphasizes, strong schools build a strong community and build future leaders.