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Monticello will welcome Pre-K program to 3-year-old students

Nov. 21, 2016

The district is slated to receive $248,982 in funding to increase access to pre-kindergarten programs for three-year-old students.
Monticello Central School District is happy to announce that it will be expanding its pre-kindergarten program to offer opportunities for 3-year-old students thanks to a new state grant.

Earlier this week, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that a total of $10.4 million has been awarded to 25 school districts across the state to increase access to quality pre-kindergarten programs, and Monticello was selected as one of those recipients.

Grants for this program were awarded to districts based on the quality of their applications, district and student need, efforts to target high-need students and efforts to maximize the total number of children who would benefit from these programs. District officials were delighted to have been awarded the grant and are excited to begin work on implementing the program for Monticello families.

Board of Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa shared that research shows that over half of the achievement gap is established before students enter first grade. Investing in effective pre-K programs can target this achievement gap affecting students from low-income backgrounds and can produce a positive long-term effect on the lives of children.

Read the full press release from Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office here.

The district will hold informational meetings for parents to explain the details of the program in the near future; please check the district website for details.