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Cathy Fall opens Smaller Scholars, a preschool and daycare, in Prineville



SPECIAL TO THE CENTRAL OREGONIAN: LEXIE TOMBLESON
 - Cathy Fall will put her years of teaching experience to work this school year at her newly opened Small Scholars Preschool.

Cathy Sundet Fall has started a new business in Prineville, one that is of vital interest to parents of children aged 2 to 5.

Smaller Scholars, a licensed preschool and daycare, is open at 490 SE Fourth St., the former site of Evergreen Academy.

Fall is a Prineville native. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in education from Western Oregon University and a Master of Arts in teaching from Lewis and Clark College. Since 1992, she has worked in the Crook County School District. She has taught third grade, fourth grade, English as a second language in grades K-12, and dual language education in grades K-3. She also spent seven years teaching kindergarten.

“At the end of this last school year, I decided it was time to strike out on my own,” she states.

Fall goes on to explain, “The idea had been germinating in my mind for a couple of years, but I didn’t start looking around (for a site) until January of this year.”

The 4,000-square-foot building, complete with an old-fashioned school bell tower, meets Fall’s present requirements, with room for future expansion.

The motivation to launch a preschool came from her experience as a kindergarten teacher.

“I noticed that many of my students were lacking the skills they needed to be successful in kindergarten, which is crucial to a successful school career. I decided the way I could address that problem was to offer a quality six-hour-a-day preschool, with childcare before and after. That way, parents can drop their kids off on their way to work and pick them upon their way home.”

Fall and her two staff members are licensed and trained preschool teachers. They will follow a set curriculum for preschool put out by the same publisher that the school district uses for its reading program.

“This should provide our students with continuity as they enter the district’s kindergarten program,” she points out.

She and her staff are also engaging in the state-wide system for quality assessment of preschools.

In addition, the preschool will provide USDA approved meals and snacks, prepared fresh on site by a fourth staff member.

The preschool serves children from ages 2 to 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. The cost is $400 a month. Child care is available from 7:30 to 9 a.m. and from 3 to 5:30 p.m. for an additional $100 a month. Credit cards are accepted. Spaces are still available for this school year, but on a limited basis.

Fall’s future plans include providing parenting classes.

“I see us providing a community resource where parents can connect with each other as well as access quality preschool and child care,” she says.

Smaller Scholars

490 SE Fourth St., Prineville

541-410-2594

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