The Child Development Centers at Hartnell College will begin taking applications on Monday, April 16, for the 2007-08 school year.
The Centers offer free preschool for income-eligible families from the community in three-hour sessions, Mondays through Fridays. The 2007-08 program begins on August 17, 2007 and goes until June 7, 2008. Parents may choose morning sessions, which run from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., or afternoon sessions, which run from 1 to 4 p.m.
The centers’ bilingual, college-educated, credentialed teaching staff implement a curriculum that follows the California State Department of Education Pre-Kindergarten Learning and Development Guidelines. The centers are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
"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) and the other on the East Campus at 1752 E. Alisal Street (755-6774). Interested parents are urged to call either campus for more information or visit www.hartnell.edu.
Children must be at least three years old on or before December 2, 2007 to enroll. When submitting an application, parents should bring the child’s birth certificate, immunization record, and proof of the family’s most recent month’s income. Parents of children enrolled at the centers do not have to be Hartnell students to apply.