A free program at is giving 60 children a head start on kindergarten.
Approximately 60 children who will enter kindergarten at Alta Vista Elementary School Aug. 20 are spreading their wings this summer at the Eaglet Academy, a free early-start program at the school. The academy, which is held four days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., began July 9 and runs through Thursday.
The school system calls the Eaglet Academy an innovative academic and enrichment program focusing on high-quality, developmentally appropriate learning experiences.
Free bus transportation and breakfast and lunch are provided for all students. In collaboration with the , free enrichment and recreational activities also are available in the afternoon at Alta Vista for families who need an extended day. Staff members from the school and YMCA Family Services offer parent workshops to provide educational, social and emotional training programs that support their child’s education.
“The Eaglet Academy is an excellent way to prepare our incoming kindergarten students to learn and succeed in school,” said Alta Vista Principal Barbara Shirley in a release. “It’s gratifying to see the smiles on the children’s faces and hear the excitement in their voices as they learn procedures and routines in the cafeteria and classroom, and acquire reading, math and writing readiness skills. It’s exciting to watch them progress and feel proud of what they are learning. By attending our program, children will enter kindergarten ready to learn and succeed.”