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July 17, 2017

Kennewick preschool program expands for 2017-18 school year

Kennewick families now have more access to free preschool for the 2017-18 school year, thanks to additional state funding recently provided to the district's Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP).

The district will welcome up to 64 additional preschool-age children to the program's afternoon sessions this school year, for a total of 286 students served through the program. The additional spots are part of an effort to expand free access to early childhood education across the state.

A recent study estimates that the number of unserved eligible students in Kennewick is 660.

“The need is great in Kennewick and the program expansion means more children will benefit from the program’s educational offerings, resources and services,” says Program Manager Linda Crowner. “It’s not just preschool, we serve the whole family.”

ECEAP prepares three- and four-year-old children from low-income families and those most at need. The program’s classrooms are located at Amistad Elementary and the Fruitland Building with two-and-a-half-hour morning and afternoon sessions and some three-hour afternoon sessions starting Sept. 11. The program, transportation, meals, and snacks are provided at no cost to families.

Families interested in enrolling their child must apply in-person at the ECEAP office in the KSD Administration Center at 1000 W. 4th Ave. Questions can be answered by calling (509) 222-5027.

Eight additional staff, including classroom teachers, assistant teachers and family support specialists, will also be hired to teach and support the new students.

Those interested in working in the ECEAP program should visit ksd.org to learn about job opportunities in its classrooms.