PARTNERSHIP OFFERS FREE PRE-K TO KIDS, VALUABLE EXPERIENCE TO ASPIRING TEACHERS
GREENVILLE, IL — Greenville University and local public school district Bond County CUSD #2 announced a partnership that benefits community children and GU students. A new branch of the district’s Kindergarten Readiness Program (KRP) opened August 15, 2019 in a fully renovated facility provided by GU, staffed with professional early childhood educators and offers valuable classroom experiences for university students majoring in early childhood education.
“It’s a win for us. It’s a win for the district. It’s a win for the community, and it’s a win for the children who attend this beautiful new facility,” says GU’s Dean of the School of Education Lisa Amundson.
The partnership arose when the school district received an extension to the state grant that supports its KRP program. The funds extended its offer of free, high-quality pre-K education to more children, but lacked adequate space. GU provided the facility, located near the University’s athletic fields on South Elm Street in Greenville. The district will provide teachers, with GU students assisting to gain classroom experience.
The pre-K building offers half-day preschool for 40 children and all-day preschool for 20 children with special needs in a separate classroom. The facility also features a kitchen for serving lunches, areas for occupational and physical therapy and indoor recess options.