Woodland starts free preschool program

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Woodland — Woodland Public Schools created the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program, a preschool program free for qualified students in Woodland, with enrollment currently open.

The yearlong program starts Sept. 26 and runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. The program is a partnership between Woodland and Educational Service District 112.

Students eligible for the program are those who qualify for the Free and Reduced Lunch Program, as well as students who meet other qualifications, including being homeless or in foster care.

The program offers free developmental screenings and referrals, free nutritious snacks and meals and free health and dental screenings.

“A report from the National Institute for Early Education Research clearly demonstrates that all students, regardless of background or socioeconomic status, see important social and cognitive improvements from preschool education across all levels,” Woodland Primary School Principal Ingrid Colvard said in a release from the district.

Parents interested in registering their student for preschool or who are interested to see if their student qualifies can contact the program by calling 360-952-3466, emailing Jackie Brock at jackie.brock@esd112.org or by contacting Woodland Primary School at 360-841-2900.