Universal Pre-K Begins

Hilltop Elementary School Universal Pre-K student Tatum Dougherty builds a block skyscraper in the classroom while Belinda Merinar, grandmother, supervises the construction.

A Hilltop Elementary School Universal Pre-K student builds a block skyscraper in the classroom while her grandmother supervises the construction.

Marshall County Schools Universal Pre-K classes began on Tuesday, September 8, 2015, the day after Labor Day. This year the number of instructional days per week has increased from four to five.

Pre-K students now attend school Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:00am until 1:00pm. Because of the one hour delay on Wednesday, Pre-K is in session from 9:00am until 1:00pm. Free breakfast and lunch are provided daily.

Marshall County Schools Universal Pre-K is a collaboration of the school district and community agencies that include Head Start and day care facilities. All seven Marshall County Schools Pre-K locations offer the same curriculum and a staff of certified teachers.

Daily instruction focuses on getting students prepared for not only kindergarten but later in life. Take home lessons are designed to bring family members together for special activities. Parents and grandparents also have opportunities to volunteer in the classroom.

Universal Pre-K serves 4-year-olds and is not mandatory. Students are placed across the district based on time of enrollment, not by where they live. Screening and registration for Universal Pre-K takes place each year in early spring.