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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
A Marion Community Schools Head Start event this week will help its students who will attend kindergarten next school year and their families get a jump on that transition.

MCS Head Start’s kindergarten readiness event, “Down on the Farm: ABCs and 123s”, is an opportunity for parents and guardians to get information about Marion Community Schools and expectations at the kindergarten level, including the MCS dress code. A kindergarten teacher from Frances Slocum Elementary School will be speaking with parents.

The event will also offer the chance for parents and guardians to work together with their students on various fun activities that they can do over the summer to continue to prepare for kindergarten.

Both the a.m. and p.m. class sessions at Marion Early Childhood Center, located inside Tucker Career and Technology Center, 107 S. Pennsylvania Ave., will take part in the kindergarten readiness event. It will ben on Friday, April 19, 2013, at 9:30 a.m. for the morning class session, and 12:30 p.m. for the afternoon class session.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
The Marion Community Schools Head Start preschool program will be taking applications for the 2013-14 school year for children who are 3 years old on or before Aug. 1, 2013. The Head Start program is designed to serve low-income families, and children with disabilities.

Head Start is a federally funded three-hour preschool program; therefore, is it offered at no cost to families. Currently, there are five classes at the Tucker Career and Technology Center and one class at Frances Slocum Elementary School. The Head Start program serves all of Grant County.

Applications will be taken at the following dates and times at the Tucker Career and Technology Center, Ind. 18 and Pennsylvania Street, Room 107 (downstairs):
  • April 12, 15 and 16: 8 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m.
  • April 17: 8 to 11 a.m. and 4:30 to 6 p.m.
For more information, call the Head Start office, 651-2080.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
From the Chronicle-Tribune

Marion resident Chastity Yeakle was happy to see her 4-year-old daughter Hailey bring reading to life Friday.

When the fun was over at the literacy fair, hosted by Marion Community Schools’ Head Start program, Hailey and 167 classmates received four children’s books to take home and continue to increase their love of reading.

Future fairs, however, will lack books for students to keep after federal sequester cuts take effect May 1.

“It promotes literacy with the family that they can take those home,” said Head Start Coordinator Heather Pratt. “I’m sad to see that go.”

— More on this story from MCS: To learn more about this event (and view pictures), click here. —
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
MARION (March 15, 2013) — At the annual Literacy Fair, Marion Community Schools Head Start students – and parents – learned all about the power of a story.

John McCracken, associate professor of education at Indiana Wesleyan University and a passionate proponent of storytelling and early access to books, kicked off the event Friday, March 15, 2013, captivating the kids in attendance with two tales, one about a thieving fish and the other about an overachieving tugboat.



John McCracken, IWU professor, reads a story aloud to MECC students at Head Start's annual Literacy Fair on Friday, March 15, 2013, at Tucker Career and Techonology Center. To see more photos, click here.
 

The students in the Head Start program, as well as MCS’s Special Needs Preschool – and their family members in attendance – then split up into smaller groups and heard more books read aloud, all in keeping with the ocean theme of the event. They then took part in related activities, including puzzle building, object sorting and more. The event then culminated in a pizza party.

McCracken encouraged family members in attendance to make reading fun for their kids by not just reading a book but putting on a performance of sorts, by using different voices and making the characters in the story distinct. He also urged them to get their children involved by asking them what they liked about the story, or what they think might’ve happened next.

Both the a.m. and p.m. class sessions at Marion Early Childhood Center, located inside Tucker Career and Technology Center, 107 S. Pennsylvania Ave., took part in the Literacy Fair, and each child got to take home his or her own copies of the four books read in conjunction with each of the activity sessions.



MECC students listen as John McCracken, IWU professor, reads a story aloud at Head Start's annual Literacy Fair on Friday, March 15, 2013, at Tucker Career and Techonology Center. To see more photos, click here.
 
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
From the Chronicle-Tribune

Marion Community Schools’ Head Start program will suffer under $85 billion in automatic federal spending cuts that went into effect Friday, but most local law enforcement and school officials are still waiting to find out how they’ll be affected.

Head Start Coordinator Heather Pratt said the program will not have to cut from its 168-student enrollment or 19-person staff as it loses about $53,000 from its annual grant of about $1 million.

Head Start’s six classrooms, five at Tucker Career and Technology Center and one at Frances Slocum Elementary School, will not be so lucky.

Pratt said luxuries including books for children to take home and keep; semiannual take-home instructional bags; and “kindergarten bags” that help students stay sharp over the summer after graduating from Head Start could be cut.

The cuts will also make it much more difficult for Head Start to expand, she said.

“In 2012, we had 237 applicants (for 168 spots),” she said. “This number does not include the number of families that came in requesting information on how to apply for Head Start.”