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updated: 2/16/2012 7:47 AM

Batavia parks to offer kindergarten enrichment

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Submitted by Batavia Park District

Beginning in fall 2012, parents will have the opportunity to enroll their child in a Kindergarten Enrichment Program through an intergovernmental agreement between the Batavia School District and the Batavia Park District.

"The park district will now offer an option to complement the school district's half-day kindergarten program," said Rachel Schmit, recreation supervisor responsible for children's programs and services for the park district, in a news release.

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"Children who enroll in the school district's half-day program have the option to sign up for the park district's enrichment program to provide their child with a full day of learning."

The park district's goal will be to provide a Kindergarten Enrichment Program inside each of the Batavia Public School District elementary schools. The park district will appoint experienced teachers who are certified by the Illinois State Board of Education and possess either a Type 3 or Type 10 certification. The schedule will align with the Batavia School District calendar.

"The common goal between the two organizations will be to provide a service to the community that commits to serving the youth of Batavia at a high standard of excellence," said Schmit. "We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with both the community and the school district on this program."

Registration for the Kindergarten Enrichment Program will be completed through the park district. A registration link also will be provided on the school district's website. Information will be available at Kindergarten Round Up at each of the elementary schools. Parents will pay a $100 registration fee, and the monthly payments will be $270 beginning Aug. 15.

The curriculum will model the park district's current preschool curriculum, the school district's past curriculum, and incoming staff's original and professional approach to full-day enrichment. This model will incorporate both educational centers and enrichment themes.

"The goal will be to incorporate literacy, scientific, and mathematical-based themes as well as incorporate them into recreational, artistic and musical activities," Schmit said.

Additional information will be available on the Batavia Park District's website in the coming weeks. For details, call Rachel Schmit at (630) 406-5282, ext. 2159 or email rachels@bataviaparks.org.

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