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June 23, 2017

Fauquier receives $250,000 preschool education grant

Fauquier students will now have more access to early childhood education.

Last week, Fauquier County Public Schools received a $250,000 grant from the state to expand its preschool program.

The grant will fund 15 new preschool students in Bealeton this fall, provide additional training for instructors and promote early childhood education and literacy throughout Fauquier.

The Virginia Early Childhood Foundation, with the Virginia Department of Education, awarded the grant. Funds will come from the Commonwealth’s 2016-18 budget.

In 2015, the Virginia Preschool Initiative program started in Fauquier Public Schools to help students prepare for Kindergarten.

Fauquier currently has four VPI programs at Grace Miller, Coleman, Ritchie and Brumfield elementary schools.

“The Mixed Delivery Preschool Grant will allow FCPS to increase the number of students receiving preschool services who would otherwise go unserved in Fauquier County,” said Fauquier’s VPI coordinator, Kristen McAuliffe.

Fauquier’s preschool program has consistently had a waiting list for students.

Last year the program received 77 applications for 64 spots.

With this new grant, the program will have space for 79 preschoolers.

Fifteen new students will attend preschool at Caring for Angels Childcare Center near Bealeton.

“The Mixed Delivery Preschool Grant is designed to promote more public-private partnerships and increase collaboration between business, education and community leaders,” Ms. McAuliffe said.

The Caring for Angels Childcare Center has partnered with the program and donated space for the new class.

Twenty-four local foundations, businesses, non-profit childcare providers and local government agencies have partnered with VPI to provide scholarships, workshops and promote early childhood education.

“This project has been a true community effort,” Ms. McAuliffe said.

Any preschool or childcare provider who would like to join the Fauquier Preschool Coalition or participate in upcoming professional development opportunities should email Fauquier’s VPI Coordinator Kristen McAuliffe at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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