Through a combined effort of Bright Beginnings Daycare and Preschool and the Cherokee School District, a transitional kindergarten will be offered this year at Roosevelt Elementary School.
"We're really excited that parents will have this option," Barb Radke, elementary principal, stated at the June 16th Cherokee School Board meeting.
Earlier this year, the Cherokee School Board voted to eliminate its transitional kindergarten program as one of several cost-cutting measures made necessary by rising costs and stagnant revenues. This is a program for students who are old enough to attend regular kindergarten, but whose parents don't believe they are ready yet for kindergarten.
In a written statement from Bright Beginnings, Carole Brown, Bright Beginnings Board president, explained, "With the Cherokee Community School District cutting their transitional kindergarten program, we were contacted by concerned parents who asked whether we would consider teaching the program. Barb Radke and the school district have been wonderful to work with, and helped us get this off the ground. We are very excited to have been given this opportunity."
The First Steps transitional kindergarten program operated by Bright Beginnings will continue much the same as the transitional kindergarten previously operated by the school district. Besides being in the Roosevelt building, it will use the same curriculum as used previously and will operate in conjunction with the regular school year.
Radke noted that there will be grant money available for parents to pay for part or all of tuition costs.
First Steps classes will be held Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:50 p.m.
Bright Beginnings will continue to offer 3-year-old preschool three days a week at Roosevelt Elementary. Bright Beginnings also operates a day care at the Webster building.
For more information, parents may contact Kristi Langschwager at 225-5728. Registrations will be accepted through July 18. A child must be 5 years old by Sept. 15 to attend this fall.