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Free Early Learning Program Launching in Grants Pass School District 7

Free Early Learning Program Launching in Grants Pass School District 7
Free Early Learning Program Launching in Grants Pass School District 7
Annie Blanchard, Early Childhood Family Education  Coordinator for Grants Pass School District 7

Grants Pass School District 7 is excited to announce the launch of a new early learning program. The program aims to provide preschool-aged children with a strong foundation for their educational journey.

This fall, the program will offer free interactive playgroups for four and 5-year-olds who will be entering kindergarten in the fall of 2024. These playgroups will provide an opportunity for parents and caregivers to engage with their children while promoting important social skills and early learning. Led by Annie Blanchard, the district's Early Childhood Family Education Coordinator, the playgroups aim to create a supportive and stimulating environment for both children and parents. To register, visit the Early Learning webpage.

In addition to playgroups, the early learning program will offer various activities throughout the year. These include parent workshops, library visits, story time, crafts, field trips, nutrition classes provided by Food Hero, and health and dental pre-screening services.

"Our comprehensive program aims to foster strong bonds between parents, children, and the community," said Annie Blanchard. "By participating in these programs, parents have the opportunity to connect with other families and build lasting relationships with their child's future elementary school peers."

The early learning program, which is made possible through grants, takes a holistic approach to early education. It ensures that young learners are supported in their cognitive, social, emotional, and physical growth. By participating in the program, families will have access to resources, guidance, and a supportive network that will contribute to their child's development. We are grateful to the many community organizations that are partnering with us in this endeavor, including The Ford Family Foundation, AllCare Health, and Siskiyou Community Health Center.

"Our community is not able to meet the current need for early education services," Jennifer Johnstun, Chief Quality Officer for Siskiyou Community Health, says. "This program will proactively engage families and support the early learning needs of children and families in a lasting way."

"This is an exciting and significant step forward for early childhood education and services in Josephine County," Peter Buckley, Project Manager for Southern Oregon Success, adds. "Connections with families are the foundation for success."

"The Ford Family Foundation is proud to participate in the development of early learning opportunities for the children and families of Josephine County,” Todd Bloomquist, Senior Program Officer for The Ford Family Foundation, says. “We believe that quality early childhood education prepares children for success in school and in life. This project is an exciting enterprise between the Grants Pass School District, parents and community partners."