Family Centers receives $108,000 grant

Family Centers has received a $108,000 grant to make 13 additional preschool slots available for the 2012-2013 school year.

The openings will be open to low-income Greenwich families, and are administered by the Connecticut School Readiness program. This is part of a Connecticut Department of Education initiative that increases access to high quality preschool services for children between the ages of three and five.

“We are delighted that Gov. Dannel Malloy has recognized how important it is for our state’s children especially those from low-income families to have a preschool experience before entering kindergarten,” said Megan Sweeney, Family Centers’ Director of Early Care and Education and Head Start. “This funding allows us to give 13 additional Greenwich children a solid educational foundation.”

In order to accommodate the new students, Family Centers plans to open a new classroom at its First Steps Preschool located at Armstrong Court in Greenwich in late August. The agency is currently searching for qualified teachers to staff the class. The First Steps site currently serves 51 children through its existing School Readiness class and a Head Start program.

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