Blissfield launches new school readiness program

By Chad Hutchinson

The Blissfield Great Start Readiness Program opened its classroom doors on Monday, Jan. 7 for the first day of the program’s preschool education services for at-risk children. Twelve of the program’s 16 open slots had been filled as of Jan. 4.

In order to qualify for the state-funded program, children must be the age of four as of Dec. 1, and must fulfill two of 25 risk factors. Risk factors range from health issues, financial/economical disadvantages, low birth weight, developmentally immature, long-term chronic illness to name just a few.

While the 20-week program is provided only to at-risk children at this time, Blissfield superintendent Scott Moellenberndt said other school districts also accept students on a tuition basis, and Blissfield may pursue that option in the future.

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