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Cairo-Durham gauging interest in full-day pre-k program

Jul 07, 2021 6:00 am

Melanie Lekocevic is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media families in the Cairo-Durham school district have until July 9, to complete a survey of their interest in a full-day pre-kindergarten program. The school district is looking into the possibility of launching a full-day program at Cairo-Durham Elementary School, in addition to the half-day program that currently exists. The full-day pre-kindergarten program would be for students 4 years of age. The classes would be offered from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., Monday through Friday, and only children who live in the Cairo-Durham district would be eligible. District Superintendent Michael Wetherbee said, “Students who attend high-quality preschool programs reap benefits that can last through school and their lives. These programs provide the foundation that will help students successfully transition into their school-age years.” The full-day program would begin in September; funding would come through a pre-K grant awarded to the district. The program will be offered at no cost to district families. The district is asking for input from families with young children to determine if enough interest exists within the community to warrant creating a full-day program. The survey also asks if the family would be interested in door-to-door bus transportation or if they would bring their child to and from school each day themselves. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, enrollment in Cairo-Durham's half-day program was on average, 16 students in the morning session and 16 in the afternoon. Four of the six school districts in Greene County provide a pre-kindergarten program, either full-day or half-day. The Coxsackie-Athens district is also thinking about starting a program in September. The deadline to submit the survey for the full-day pre-kindergarten program at Cairo-Durham is July 9. The survey can be found at the district website. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.

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