Garden School Preschool has made some changes
The Garden School Preschool, at 5033 County Road 335, Apple Tree Community Center building, south of the river across from the New Hope Church, has openings for 16 children, ages 3-6 for its Monday and Wednesday program. This is the fifth year at this location.
The preschool has made some changes. Instead of running from 9 a.m. to noon, it will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Physical changes include addition of a new playground and playground equipment; new kitchen appliances; new carpeting and flooring; new bathroom cabinets and pedestal sinks; and new doors.
The school has received two grants for approximately $15,000 from Garfield County for capital improvements to move toward a Qualistar rating. Qualistar ratings were developed by 150 early childhood experts to measure quality in licensed early learning programs. This four-star rating system outlines the strengths and weaknesses of the program and provides a detailed plan for continuous quality improvement.
Some of the criteria for the Qualistar rating are learning environment; family partnerships; training education of providers; the ratio of staff members to children; and accreditation from a national accrediting agency.
The school has started a “Mother’s Day Out” program, to be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. the first and third Thursdays of each month. For a $40 fee, mothers can call the school on Mondays to reserve a spot for their 3- to 6-year-old child, and offers a much-deserved break for overworked moms. There is no long-term commitment.
For more information, call The Garden School director Ken Reeder or Kelly Wood, preschool director, at 984-0604.
What’s up at the library
New Castle is lucky to have such a great library and library staff that continue to offer a variety of new programs for your pleasure. For aspiring poets, a Poetry Corner will begin at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14, at the library.
For those homeowners who want to sell their homes, a Home Staging Workshop presented by Debby Puckett of Altitude Designs is planned from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 12.
Also coming up: Scott Pope will present a Digital Camera Club at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9; an artist’s reception for local wildlife photographer Christopher Clausen will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16; and the Community Forum, which gives patrons an opportunity to debate current issues, is at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23.
Come on down to the library and continue your lifelong learning!
Kay Vasilakis’ “New Castle News” column appears every other Thursday. For positive local inspirations and events tips, please call 618-6689 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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