Summit Educational Service Center (ESC) recently held its spring preschool round-up for its 12 locations. All parents with children ages 3 to 4 living in one of the ESC°s consortium districts, including Cuyahoga Falls City Schools, Stow-Munroe Falls City Schools, Woodridge Local Schools, Tallmadge City Schools, Coventry Local Schools, Copley-Fairlawn City Schools, Manchester Local Schools, Mogadore Local Schools, Nordonia Local Schools or Field Local Schools were invited to attend.

°All 12 preschool program sites recently received a five-star Step Up to Quality rating from the Ohio Department of Education,° said Kristin Fazio, Summit ESC°s director of student services. °"This is the highest level rating that a preschool can receive. Our staff works hard to provide our preschool students with the type of early learning environment that allows student to flourish.°"

Summit ESC°s preschool classes offer a language rich environment, focusing on kindergarten readiness by emphasizing early literacy and pre-writing skill acquisition.

Additionally, the preschool program was awarded a Straight A grant and implemented the Sit Together and Read (STAR) Intervention program. STAR is an evidence-based literacy intervention program that has proven to improve early literacy skills in kindergarteners who have had exposure to the program.

°"We were excited to meet 108 prospective preschoolers and their parents,"° said Fazio. °"Our entire preschool staff, including Brandie Kresowaty, secretary, did an amazing job of organizing this event and it went incredibly well. We look forward to the 2017-2018 school year, and the opportunity to provide our preschoolers with the best early childhood education program.°"

The next preschool round-up will take place in August. The date and time will be available on Summit ESC°s website www.SummitESC.org in the next few weeks.