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Title 1 Preschool offers free classes

Children at the Grandview Title One Preschool get served their free lunch for the day. Children in Title One Preschool get free lunches and the morning classes get free breakfast as well.

By LEANA CHOATE - lchoate@newsexaminer.com

A free program for young children, Title 1 Preschool, is being offered for the first time at the Fayette County School Corporation.

Title 1 focuses on supporting the community’s youngest learners and helping them learn to navigate a school setting, according to Kelly McCullum, Kelly McCullum, early childhood director for Fayette County School Corp. Title 1 does this through play, peer and adult interactions, problem solving and building social and emotional skills.

The preschool focuses on social and emotional development and has many opportunities for children to engage with others while learning skills that will help them when they leave to go to kindergarten and beyond.

Title 1 is different than the Head Start program. Head Start program follows federal income guidelines. Title 1 is free to any child aged 4-5. Title 1 classes meet five days a week.

Title 1 has two classrooms, one at Maplewood and one at Grandview, serving about 48 children. The teachers, Amanda Cranfill and Tara Mitchel, are licensed teachers and each has two educational assistants.

“Both programs serve children with special needs, as well,” McCullum said.

The classrooms have half-day sessions. Morning students receive free breakfast and lunch. Afternoon classes receive free lunch.

The classrooms use what is called High Scope Curriculum, which is researched based. It has been used in schools for over 50 years.

Enrollment is open, McCullum said. For more information, contact her at 765-827-0191 extension 1.