Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Toddlers play and learn in new group

Children between the ages of one and three can now get an early glimpse of school life, thanks to new "Play and Learn Groups" at the Hennigan Elementary School in Jamaica Plain. Hosted by the West Zone Early Learning Center, the program is a partnership among the BPS, Countdown to Kindergarten, the Family Nurturing Center of Massachusetts, ReadBoston and Children's Hospital Boston, designed to begin the education of students and the engagement of their families at a younger age. Families with children ages 1-3 who live in Jamaica Plain and Roxbury can participate in the free programs, which are offered four days a week in the mornings and evenings. The district plans to expand this pilot program into other neighborhoods in the coming years.

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