By W. Edward Clark
San Bernardino County – In a move that will provide more classroom time and classroom space to county preschool students, the U.S. Department of Education has awarded a $5 million grant to the San Bernardino County Preschool Services Department.
FULL DAY OF CLASSROOM INSTRUCTION
The grant will provide full days of instruction to students who are currently receiving only partial days of instruction.
“Seeking out these grant funds was a high priority for the county,” Third District Supervisor James Ramos explained in a prepared media release. “Ensuring that all children have access to a full array of quality preschool programs will help ensure their success in life.”
SERVING OVER 6,000 FAMILIES
The San Bernardino County Preschool Services Department administers the Child and Adult Care Food Program and serves over 6,000 low-income families at 42 preschools and nine learning centers through the county.
Preschool Services has targeted as its priority:
- Children in protective services
- Children in foster care
- Children and families experiencing homelessness
- Children with disabilities and/or special needs
Research has shown that children who attend quality preschools:
- Are less likely to be place in special education
- Perform better on standardized math and reading tests
- Are more likely to graduate from high school and continue their education
- Are less likely to go on welfare
- Are less likely to become to become involved in crime