Craig’s littlest people off to a big start during first week of preschool |

Craig’s littlest people off to a big start during first week of preschool

Dominic Arquette has his hearing checked by Moffat County School District Nurse Myranda Lyons at the Early Childhood Education Health Fair. Lyons is part of the Memorial Regional Health team that provides services to children at Moffat County School District schools.
Sasha Nelson

This is a big week for some of Craig’s smallest citizens. Preschool started Tuesday at Moffat County School District.

Classes are provided at all four elementary schools and at Early Childhood Education Center located in the north wing of the MCSD Administration Building.
The program provides “integrated services that provide a foundation for lifelong learning,” said Early Education and Preschool Director Stephanie Davis.

Over 200 children, ages 3 and 4  — some with special needs, some that receive Colorado Preschool Program Scholarships, some participating in Head Start and some tuition paying students — will receive enrichment from a team of early childhood educators.

Preschool preparations started last week and included a health fair held on Friday.

About 75 new preschool students underwent a series of evaluations offered by providers.
Craig Lions Club checked vision; the school health tech team from Memorial Regional Health assessed hearing and general health; a team from Northwest Colorado Northwest Health examined oral health and information on their SafeCare Colorado program; and Connections 4 Kids provided parents with information about other services available to support early childhood development.

Among the kids at the event was student-to-be Dominic Arquette.

“He is so excited to go to school,” said Dominic’s mother, Liz.

The well child checks and other screenings are required once a year and are provided through the school district in both spring and fall.

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