Free preschool is available at the Hartnell College Child Development Centers for income-eligible families. The college will begin taking applications on Monday, April 20, for the 2009-10 school year.
The program runs Monday through Fridays throughout the school year, beginning August 13 and ending June 2. It offers a choice of morning or afternoon sessions, three hours each.
The centers’ bilingual, college-educated, credentialed teaching staff implement a curriculum that follows the California State Department of Education Preschool Learning Foundation guidelines.
“Children enrolled in the center are guided to develop confidence, independence, curiosity, motivation, and the ability to communicate and connect with others” says Linda Taylor, director of the college’s centers.
Hartnell has two child development centers in Salinas, one on the main campus at 411 Central Avenue (755-6945), which serves 96 children, and the other on the Alisal Campus at 1752 E. Alisal Street (755-6774), which serves 48 children.
Interested parents may call either campus to arrange a visit to tour the facility and meet the staff or attend an Open House on Saturday, April 25, at the Central Avenue campus from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. during Hartnell’s Family Science and Health Day.
Children must be at least three years old on or before December 2, 2009 to enroll. When submitting an application, parents should bring their child’s birth certificate, immunization record, and proof of the family’s most recent month’s income. Parents of children enrolling at the centers do not have to be Hartnell students to apply.