Salted with Sharks

Kindergarten and Pre-K Roundup Time!

In Calendar, Education, Kid Stuff on April 11, 2012 at 8:37 pm

By Jennifer Wilkins, Head Start educator

Well, Parents, it’s that time of year. Time to start thinking about getting your little ones signed up for preschool and kindergarten.

Benzie County has many options for preschool. Benzie Central Elementary Schools house Head Start Programs that enroll 2 1/2- to 5-year-olds and Great Start Readiness Programs that enroll 4 year olds. Crystal Lake Elementary has a Head Start classroom and a Cooperative Preschool room. I am a teacher in the Great Start classroom at Platte River Elementary School, which also has a Head Start classroom; Betsie Valley Elementary has a Great Start Readiness Program, too.

Recruitment for next year’s class is happening now. Contact the Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency (NMCAA) in Traverse City at 231-947-3780 to register your child.

In addition, the Betsie Bay Cooperative Preschool, currently located at the United Methodist Church in Frankfort, can be reached at 231-352-6844. Their tuition is $85 a month for 3 days a week of instruction.

For children turning 5 before December 1, it’s kindergarten roundup time.  The schedule for Benzie Central Elementary Schools is:

                                _ Phone         Parent Night           Round-up          Meet the Teacher             

Platte River            325-3063        4-10-2012            4-24-2012               5-2-2012

Crystal Lake          882-4641        4-4-2012               4-25-2012               5-6-2012

Lake Ann               275-7730        4-11-2012             4-23-2012               5-16-2012

Betsie Valley         378-4164        4-11-2012              4-26-2012               5-4-2012


Frankfort–Elberta Elementary Kindergarten Roundup is April 13, 2012. You can contact the Elementary School for more information at 352-7601.

It may be hard to see our little ones grow up and go off to school, but rest assured that they are in good, capable hands for the start of their school experience!

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