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Parents will soon have the opportunity to enroll their child in Ohio County Schools’ exceptional Universal Pre-K program.

Registration for the school system’s Universal Pre-K program will begin at 8 a.m. on Feb. 3. Parents or guardians can register children by calling 304-243-0333 or online at . Pre-K students must be four years old on or before June 30, 2021.

Ohio County Schools Student Services Director Raquel McLeod said the school system’s UPK or Pre-K program has been in place for more than 20 years, and it is important because it establishes the foundation of a child’s education. She said the program truly does prepare its students for a lifetime of learning.

“Pre-K prepares young children for the expectations of the classroom,” McLeod said. “It is a child’s first experience in a school setting, and it gives them an early opportunity to interact with peers in a social environment. Pre-K is also important for a child’s social and emotional development because it involves early literacy and health and physical development. Academics are a focus, but it also includes other important areas such as self-regulation and social relationships.”

In Ohio County Schools, UPK students receive the finest in early childhood education from the most highly-qualified teachers.  The program provides the quality education all parents want for their children in a joyful environment. The program establishes the fundamentals of reading, writing, math, science and social studies. McLeod said Ohio County Schools is proud to offer such a wonderful program to the children and parents of Ohio County.

Nineteen Ohio County sites offer 4-year-old students a flourishing program that meets their social, cognitive, linguistic, emotional, cultural and physical needs. Ohio County Schools also offers supplemental services including speech-and-language, occupational, and physical therapy to students deemed eligible to receive it.


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