State awards $216K to Gladstone School District preschool
State officials have given a $216,000 annual grant to the Gladstone School District for 18 disadvantaged children to attend the Gladstone Teaching Preschool.
District spokesperson Leslie Robinette says the Preschool Promise program serves children with disabilities and low-income children who would not be able to attend preschool under other circumstances. Gladstone Teaching Preschool uses an inquiry-based education model at the Gladstone Center for Children & Families to serve children from the Head Start waiting list.
"This substantial grant fulfills a longtime dream of continuing this innovative preschool experience for children who otherwise would not have the opportunity," said Lennie Bjornsen, Director of Student and Family Supports. "We know preschool plays a vital role in kindergarten readiness, especially for disadvantaged children."
Gladstone Teaching Preschool was formed six years ago in partnership with the Clackamas Education Service District.
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