School District offers preschool scholarships

Scholarships are common for those entering colleges. This year, the youngest group of Moffat County students are eligible for scholarships. The Colorado Preschool Program is offering scholarships for children four years old on or before Aug. 30, 2000.

In Moffat County, 60 scholarships are available.

"Preschool has been proven to be very important in getting children ready for kindergarten," Sarah Hepworth, program coordinator with the Early Childhood Center, said. "It's a great start for kids to feel real positive about school and helps eliminate failure later in school."

Preschoolers qualify for the scholarships based on risk factors.

"A child could be developing typically, but have some sort of risk factor present in his or her family, and qualify that way."

To apply for the scholarship, obtain an application from Hepworth at the Moffat County School District Administration Building, 775 Yampa Ave. The two-page application does not guarantee placement, Hepworth said, but the earlier they are turned in the better the chances are of being accepted.

Also, Hepworth says, there is no obligation for parents of families to perform any service, participate in a class or somehow pay for the scholarship.

"The only requirement for them is to have their child participate in a developmental screening through the school district," she said.

Screenings can be done at an upcoming Children's Health Fair, which will be held Aug. 15, 16 and 17 at Ridgeview Elementary. To make an appointment, call Hepworth at 824-3693.

Those who receive one of the 60 scholarships have their choice of attending three schools; Moffat County School District (Early Childhood Center), St. Mark's Preschool and Sunrise Kids Day Care and Childcare Center.

Funds from the scholarship are acquired through state funding and the scholarship will provide preschoolers with up to 10 hours of instruction per week.

For more information, contact Hepworth at 824-3693 or 824-7457, ext. 24.

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