Preschool News

Preschool News
Posted on 05/09/2022
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Dr. Baker visits Wolcott Mills Preschool
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05/09/2022 - Thank you, Dr. Baker for visiting Wolcott Mills Preschool today. The kids really enjoyed it!

Lakeland Preschool Project
05/10/2021 - Lakeland School Corporation Preschools, located at Lima-Brighton and Wolcott Mills, are learning through experience! A recent grant allowed the corporation to purchase table top growers and a grow wall for each preschool class. Students will be learning about the life cycle of plants, and the journey from seed to snack! By utilizing these indoor growing units our students will be able to grow food year round.
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News from the Lakeland School Corporation Preschool program
03/26/2021 - Lakeland School Corporation is excited to share news from our preschool programs located at Wolcott Mills Elementary and Lima-Brighton Elementary! In the spring we look forward to the transition to kindergarten. Part of the transition process is testing kindergarten readiness. This year the results of screening at Lakeland Primary’s All Aboard for Kindergarten event indicated that Lakeland preschool students are starting at the head of the class!

The average score for all students screened for the class of 2034 was 48% of questions correct. The average for students attending non-Lakeland preschools was 43% of questions correct. Our Lakeland preschool students averaged 75% of questions correct on their readiness testing. Readiness testing looks at letter and number identification, shapes, colors, letter sounds, parts of a book and much more.

Lakeland preschools were also recently awarded $3600 in grant funding through On My Way to PreK, to purchase indoor growing towers for their programs in both buildings. The towers will be used for real life lessons in math, reading and science. Experiential learning is important for these growing scholars.
Lakeland preschools focus on learning skills through play. Students spend their day working in collaborative centers, singing, practicing social skills and having fun while learning! Thematic units make learning exciting and creative.
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Students created a farm mural at Wolcott Mills Preschool Students at Lima-Brighton Preschool working at math centers

Great Job Lakeland Preschools!
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Lima-Brighton Preschool Wolcott Mills Preschool
01/07/2021 - Lakeland School Corporation is proud to announce that both of its preschool programs have achieved a Paths to Quality (PTQ) rating of Level 3. Lima-Brighton Elementary Preschool and Wolcott Mills Elementary Preschool have demonstrated meeting the health and safety needs of children (Level 1), providing an environment supporting children’s development and learning (Level 2), and using a planned curriculum to guide child development and prepare children for kindergarten (Level 3).

The PTQ 3 rating not only ensures children are receiving high quality care and instruction, it qualifies parents and guardians to receive support in paying for the program. Lakeland’s goal is to reach Level 4 (National Accreditation) in the near future.

Knowing that 90% of a child’s brain development occurs in the first five years of life, Lakeland School Corporation was compelled to start a preschool program last year. Giving students a jump start on learning and socialization benefits our community, state, and nation. For every $1 invested in early childhood, Indiana taxpayers are saved $4 and savings can be as much as $10 nationally. A solid educational foundation leads to better health outcomes and social responsibility later in life.

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