Southern Indiana Living

MAY-JUN 2018

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May/June 2018 • 23 It may seem like the kids in a preschool classroom are only playing with blocks, completing artwork, running around with friends or listening to stories. During this time, though, these activities help preschool students develop academic, social and emotional skills. Giving children high-quality educational experiences in their early years is vital. The majority of brain growth occurs in the first five years of life, and that key time period cannot be replaced. Children who participate in preschool are more likely to start kindergarten at the same level as their peers and have appropriate motor skills, social adaptation abilities and basic knowledge. Down the road, these children will be less likely to abuse drugs and alcohol, raise babies while teenagers, or be incarcerated. The Harrison County Community Foundation has been funding Jump Start, a pilot program that provides free, full-day preschool for income-eligible children living in Harrison County. Additional four-year-olds will be able to receive free preschool as a result of On My Way Pre-K (OMWPK), which is funded by Indiana's Family and Social Services Administration. Families must apply online at onmywayprek.org or complete a paper application. Once submitted, River Valley Resources will contact the family to review information and determine eligibility. To learn about how your child can get free, high-quality preschool, visit hccfindiana.org/preschool/. PRESCHOOL HELPS children thrive

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