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Early Learning Program open house slated for Oct. 19

Clover Park School District (CPSD) will host an open house for the district’s Early Learning Program on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 5:30 p.m. The open house, will celebrate the relocation and centralization of district early learning programs that were formerly located in Lakewood-area elementary schools. The event will include a short program and self-guided tours of the Early Learning Program, which is now located at the site of the former Southgate Elementary School at 10202 Earley Avenue SW in Lakewood.

Beginning in the 2015-16 school year, the district’s Lakewood-area early learning programs, which serve three- and four-year-olds, were consolidated into one location. The programs were formerly located in several elementary schools across Lakewood. By consolidating the Lakewood Head Start and Early Childhood Education and Assistance Programs (ECEAP), the school district freed up classroom space to house full-day kindergarten at all district elementary schools.

“This has been a win-win for us and for families across the district,” said Jennifer White, manager of the district’s early learning program.  “Our Lakewood-area program is in one location and kindergartners across the district attend full days of school.”

When Four Heroes Elementary School was built, the district vacated the former Southgate Elementary School and repurposed the newest portions of the school. Renovations were made to accommodate the district’s youngest and smallest learners.

The district also has three early learning programs on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. They are located at Evergreen, Hillside and Rainier Elementary Schools. Another early learning program is located at Tillicum Elementary School.  

Approximately 325 three- and four-year-olds attend school (half day) as part of the consolidated early learning program. The early learning program provides children with experiences to help them learn to manage their feelings, get along with others and follow classroom procedures. The classroom curriculum focuses on beginning skills for reading, math and science. The program works closely with parents to support their children’s health and education and to meet family goals. Families are provided with resources to ensure access to medical and dental care and social services.

Community members are invited to attend the open house. Parking is limited; carpooling is encouraged.

For more information on the open house, call Clover Park School District’s community relations office at 253-583-5040.

Early Learning Program photos of students