Natrona County School District offers early childhood education through 12 Title I Preschool Programs. These preschool programs are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and are lead by certified early childhood educators. Nearly 300 three and four year old children benefit from the district’s preschool programs.
All Title I schools offer at least one half-day session of preschool. Many of them offer both a morning and an afternoon class. The programs are funded with both Title I (low income) and TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) federal grants. This learning opportunity is free to families as long as parents/guardians volunteer weekly to assist in the classroom or take on tasks outside of the school day that benefit the children in the classroom.
Preschool students must be three or four years old by September 15 of the year they attend. Priority is often given to four year olds. All preschool students are required to be potty trained.
Applications are available in the spring, usually in April, at the following schools in Natrona County: Bar Nunn, Cottonwood, Evansville, Grant, Lincoln, Midwest, Mills, Mountain View, Pineview, University Park and Willard. Each application includes documentation of income as a percentage of the spots are held for students from low-income families.
For additional information about the Natrona County School District’s Title I Preschool program, please contact individual schools, Julie Eastes, NCSD Early Childhood Program Leader, or Mari Stoll, NCSD Title I Director at (307) 253-5200.