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Batavia preschool lottery registration open for D-101 tuition-free program

BATAVIA – Families with children who will be turning 3 and 4 years old by Sept. 1, 2018, and who reside within the boundaries of Batavia School District 101 are eligible to participate in a lottery for tuition-free community spots at the district’s preschool for the 2018-19 school year.

To register for the lottery, parents must complete the letter of intent posted at BPS101.net and return it by Jan. 30 to the preschool located at the Early Childhood Center at Alice Gustafson Elementary School, according to a news release.

“We’re now heading into our third year of a tuition-free program,” Brad Newkirk, the district’s chief academic officer, stated in the release. “Lifting the financial barrier opens the door to preschool to a broader range of students, which represents the economic diversity of our district.”

The preschool offers a language-rich, purposefully designed learning environment based in exploration and discovery. The academic and social-emotional curriculum is aligned with the district’s K-5 curriculum and Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards. The teachers hold both general education and special education teaching certificates and have earned the English as a Second Language Endorsement.

To learn about the program and the lottery, parents are encouraged to attend the preschool open house from 6 to 7 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Early Childhood Center at Alice Gustafson School, 905 Carlisle Road.

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