SENATOR GREG BALL ANNOUNCES OVER $170K FOR PEEKSKILL PRE-KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM

 

    Brewster, N.Y. – 02/18/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) has announced that Peekskill City School District received $171,154 in state funding for a Peekskill Priority Pre-K Program (4P’s Program).

    “Working with local partners, I am so happy to announce that we have been able to deliver this money for the Peekskill Pre-K Program. In this tough economy many blue collar working families rely on pre-k programs. These funds will allow Peekskill to expand its Pre-K program allowing much needed seats for families with pre-k children as well as high-quality seats for children with special needs,” said Senator Greg Ball. “As long as I am in office, I will continue to advocate for my constituents to bring as much money back home where it belongs for important programs and initiatives.”

    Sherri Goffman, who oversees Uriah Hill as the school’s Principal and also serves as the Interim Director of Educational Services in the District said she eager to start the program.

    “We are very excited that we received final notification from the State Education Department that our Priority Full/Expanded-Day Pre-K grant funds have been authorized and we can begin the program. We look forward to starting our new classes on Wednesday, February 27,” said Goffman.

    “I am delighted that Peekskill has received this state funding for our pre-k program. My sincere thanks to Senator Greg Ball for his hard work to deliver this much needed funding to our community,” said Peekskill Mayor Frank Catalina. “I look forward to working with the Peekskill City School District to expand our pre-k program to deliver for the hardworking families of Peekskill.”

    “Senator Ball’s ability to deliver once again for the Peekskill City School District shows his commitment to the education of our area children,” said County Legislator John Testa. “As a former teacher I understand how important it will be to expand education for our youngest students and to be able to provide more seats in the program. Senator Ball understands that as well.”

    The 4P’s Program will create one new full-day inclusion class and will convert two half-day classes to full-day classes, creating a total of three new full-day placements, serving a total of 60 children. The class schedules will be from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM daily. The collaborating Community Based Organization will be the ARC of Westchester Children’s School for Early Development, which will receive 10 percent of grant funds as a purchased service, and will provide aid in staffing the inclusion class. All classes have been filled at this time.

    The 4P’s Program will reduce the waiting list and will ensure more high-quality seats for children with disabilities and English Language Learners. The new full-day Pre-K class will offer an inclusionary setting in conjunction with the Children’s School. The new class will include a full-time general education teacher and teacher aide, as well as a special education teacher, teacher assistant, and related service personnel, as needed, depending on the number of preschoolers with disabilities included in the room and the specific services they receive.

    The half-day conversion classes will provide an additional 2.5 hours per day for 40 of our highest need English Language Learners. These students will remain in their current classes for the half day they are already enrolled, and will attend school for the other half of their day in one of two classes designed to support their English language learning.  The new classes will be staffed by a teacher certified in ESL and Early Childhood, and a teacher aide.

    Peekskill received $171,154 for Year 1 (the reminder of this school year, from Jan. through June 2014) and will receive $326,752 annually thereafter to support the Peekskill Priority Pre-K Program.

    For more information, please contact jbachmei@nysenate.gov or (845) 531-9796

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