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Public Preschool Opportunities In Chesapeake

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Early Adventures
Chesapeakes Implementation of the Virginia Preschool Initiative
Beginning in 1995, many Virginia communities gained a significant new resource for four your old children, the Virginia Preschool Initiative. This program was created to benefit children with risk factors that could lead to education failure. It is free for participants. Early Adventures is a collaborative program offered by the Chesapeake Public Schools and the YMCA of South Hampton Roads. It is designed to give children who are impacted by a variety of situations opportunities to create a firm educational foundation for life. To enroll, students must turn four-years old by September 30th and meet specific criteria. Early Adventures provides a developmentally appropriate, hands-on learning environment for children. The curriculum includes interest centers for activities such as dramatic play, exploration of sand & water, computer learning, cooking, art/science experiences, and outside play.
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Head Start
Head Start is a federally funded comprehensive early childhood program for children between the ages of 3 and 5. The Head Start program provides high quality services for eligible children and their families including children with special needs and disabilities. Children who attend Head Start participate in a variety of educational activities along with receiving medical and dental care and nutritious meals and snacks. The program is provided at no cost to participating families. Head Start provides children with activities and experiences to foster their development to help them grow socially, emotionally, intellectually, and physically. Head Start children socialize with others, gain educational skills, solve problems, and have experiences which help them become self-confident. The children also improve their listening and speaking skills. Head Start helps transition children from home to Head Start and from Head Start to kindergarten.

Early Childhood Special Education
Young students who have identified developmental delays may be eligible to attend classes that provide early childhood special education. Children ages 2 to 5 are enrolled in their neighborhood schools. Individualized educational programs are developed so that daily instruction is designed to address specific weaknesses and build on the strengths of each child. The program is cost-free for eligible students. For information regarding student testing and eligibility procedures, call 494-7600.

Reverse Mainstreaming
Reverse mainstream brings non-disabled children into preschool classes serving children with developmental delays. It allows a variety of children to learn and play together, builds self-esteem, develops acceptance of others, provides age-appropriate peer models, and includes age-appropriate activities. Employees of the Chesapeake Public Schools and residents of Chesapeake may enroll their 3- or 4-year old children in the program. Space is limited and tuition will be a flat fee based upon the days of attendance. Payment will be expected at the time of registration. The child will NOT be permitted to start until FULL payment is received. In most cases, transportation is provided. Applications are available at schools with Early Childhood Special Education and kindergarten programs

Chesapeake Public Schools
Chesapeake Public Library
CHIP/Healthy Families
Early Adventures Program
Head Start Program
Square One
Cathedral of Faith Christian School
Chesapeake Health Department
United Way (Raising A Reader)

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Contact Information

Director of Elementary Curriculum and Instruction
Mrs. Jacqueline K. Tate

YMCA Early Adventures
Vanessa Hansen,
Preschool Initiative Coordinator
YMCA of South Hampton Roads
920 Corporate Lane
Chesapeake, VA  23320
Phone: 757-424-2229
Fax: 757-424-2269

Early Adventures Locations
B.M. Williams
1100 Battlefield Blvd.
Chesapeake, VA 23320

Camelot Elementary
2901 Guenevere Drive
Chesapeake, VA  23323

Carver Intermediate
2601 Broad Street
Chesapeake, VA  23324

Georgetown Primary
436 Providence Road
Chesapeake, VA  23325

Southwestern Elementary
4410 Airline Blvd.
Chesapeake, VA  23321

Head Start
Office of Human Affairs
3303 Airline Blvd. Suite 1-A
Portsmouth, VA 23701
Phone: (757)673-0548
Fax: (757)673-0645

Early Childhood Special Education
Reversed Mainstreaming

Mrs. Harriett Law
Edwards-Wilson Center
Chesapeake, VA  23324
Phone: (757)494-7600
Fax: (757)494-7573

Last modified: Mon June 15 2015 03:26:15 PM