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Preschool Promise program serves children with disabilities and low-income children

State officials have given a $216,000 annual grant to the Gladstone School District for 18 disadvantaged children to attend the Gladstone Teaching Preschool.

COURTESY PHOTO - Students at the Gladstone Teaching Preschool take an explorative approach to learning. 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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