White Mountains Regional School District recently announced that it will continue to receive a grant from the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Organization. The grant supports early childhood education in the district from birth to six years old. The goal is to "Grow Together"-- child, parent and teachers. Local childcare givers, school district personnel, White Mountain Community College, Family Resource Center, and Mental Health are working collaboratively to establish common language, improve communication between agencies, and enhance the education and lives of our very young.

Parent workshops will be held in each preschool once a month until December and cover the topics of Social/Emotional development, health & nutrition, sensory and communication. Families may choose to attend at either school -- whichever is convenient for the family!

September's workshops on Social/Emotional Development will be from 5:30-7 p.m. on Sept. 12 in Whitefield, and Sept. 26 in Lancaster. In order to provide a worry-free educational experience for parents of preschoolers, a healthy meal will be provided, as well as childcare for any young children in a family (free of charge). Meetings will be held in the preschool rooms of each school.

While attending the workshop families will have the opportunity to enter a raffle to instantly win one of the two $50 gift cards given at each workshop. Families are also entered for a grand prize which will be drawn in each school at the end of the series. (Each time a family attends, their name will be entered into the grand prize drawing.) Please register with one of the preschool teachers as early as possible each month so that adequate food and child care givers will be available. Parents may attend any number of workshops that are convenient or of interest to them.

Call your local preschool teacher -- Lancaster Elementary School, 788-4924; or Whitefield School, 837-3088 -- to register for any or all of this year's monthly workshops.


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