Ready, set, summer! Preschool Fair gives ideas, inspiration for how to keep preschoolers engaged in learning all summer long

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On May 23rd, preschool students and their families gathered at Nibley Elementary School to kick off summer with a fun, hands-on preschool fair. Participants visited eleven booths with different themes and ideas for how to keep preschoolers engaged and learning throughout the summer. At the Nature/Science booth, children made living necklaces, while at the Motor Skills booth they enjoyed a challenging obstacle course. There was also a “fishing pond” where students practiced their colors, numbers and letters, a Plinko game, and a face painting booth. Parents received handouts with information about summer events happening in Cache Valley and how to keep children interested and engaged on road trips.

Many community partners contributed to the event. KSM Music handed out kazoos and played lively music for participants to enjoy and dance to. Zootah brought a bunny and snake for the students to touch and observe. The Family Place and Discovery Destination also had booths where they offered information about their various programs during the summer. A huge “thank you” to Maceys, Pepsi, Casper’s and Lofthouse for donating food for participants!

Cache County School District currently has 16 preschools that together educate 760 preschool students. There are two types of preschools. The first type of preschool features special education classrooms for students that have a developmental delay/disability. Then, there are inclusion classrooms, which are made up of a mix of students with and without disabilities. The district also employs speech-language therapists who serve preschool-aged students that have a speech delay.

If a parent is interested in enrolling their preschool-aged child in a district preschool, they must fill out an application through the district office. Spaces in CCSD preschools are in high demand and there is currently a waiting list for the inclusion classrooms for the 2019-20 school year.  Preschools are not currently taking names for the 2020-21 school year, but a lottery application will open in approximately January 2020 for the 2020-21 school year.

If a parent is concerned that their child may have a developmental delay and would like them to attend one of the special education classrooms, they should contact the district office to schedule a time for an evaluation.  There are also two screenings a year, in September and May, for parents to have their child screened if they have a concern.

For more information about CCSD preschools, please visit https://www.ccsdut.org/preschool.