The Child Development Centers at Hartnell College, which offer free preschool for income-eligible families in the community, will begin taking applications Monday, April 4, for the 2005-06 school year.
An open house at both facilities will be held Saturday, April 9, from 1 to 4 p.m. for parents who would like to meet the staff and tour the facilities.
The five-day-a-week program will operate August 11, 2005 to June 4, 2006, according to Linda Taylor, director of the college's centers. Parents have a choice of a morning session from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. or an afternoon session from 1 to 4 p.m.
Taylor stresses that parents of children enrolled at the centers do not have to be Hartnell students to apply. She also said the centers' bilingual, college-educated and credentialed teaching staffs implement a curriculum which follows the California State Department of Education Pre-Kindergarten Learning and Development Guidelines.
Children enrolled in the center, Taylor says, are guided to develop confidence, independence, curiosity, motivation, and the ability to communicate and connect with others.
Hartnell has two child development centers - one on the main campus (156 Homestead Ave., Salinas, 755-6945) and another on the college's east campus (1752 E. Alisal St., Salinas, 755-6774). Interested parents are urged to call either center for more information or visit www.hartnell.edu.
Both centers are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
Students must be at least three years old on or before Dec. 2, 2005. When enrolling children, parents should bring the child's birth certification, immunization record and proof of the family's most recent month's income.