BCPS to expand classroom, day care services with grant

Ballard County Preschool-Head Start has been awarded a Preschool Partnership Grant through the Division of Child Care for the 2022-23 and 2023-24 school years, for $150,000 per year.

Terri Gentry, preschool and special education director for the district, said the grant would allow the school to expand services to four full-day preschool classrooms, for 20 additional full-day students, and one AM/PM session classroom. “Last year Ballard was able to offer two full-day classrooms for 4-year-olds,” she said. “Being able to offer full-day preschool allows students to be better prepared for Kindergarten, and gives us more openings in Stop ‘n’ Go daycare to serve more children who are not preschool eligible.”

All full-day students receive breakfast, lunch, and a snack. There is recess twice a day, and nap/quiet time in the afternoon to allow them to rest. The grant also will fund the purchase of Handwriting Without Tears and social emotional support curriculum for both preschool and Stop ‘n’ Go, Gentry said.

The grant was also allocated to hire one additional preschool teacher, one full-time instructional assistant, one half-time instructional assistant, and one contracted Americorp staff member who will work with preschool students on Kindergarten readiness skills.

BCPS currently has eight openings for the 2022-23 school year. For more information or to make an appointment to see if your child qualifies, please call Gentry at 270-665-8400, ext. 2101. Tuition spots are available: Cost is $1,768 per year for half-day classes (8:15 a.m.-12 p.m., or 12-3:45 p.m.), and $2,856 per year for full-day classes (8:15 a.m.-3:45 p.m.).