IHC Sees Plenty Of Interest In Junior Kindergarten Program

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Kindergarten.

It's a big step for five and six-year-olds.

To make the transition smoother, Immaculate Heart Central is launching a new junior kindergarten program.

It's part of the school's St. John Bosco Preschool program and would essentially be another year of preschool, but all day, five days a week.

"The junior kindergarten program is really aimed at those children who are eligible for kindergarten but we call them the young 5's. They just need the gift of time," said Gary West, IHC elementary principal.

While pre-k programs aren't anything new, West says what's surprising is the overwhelming interest.

Enrollment has sky-rocketed.

The junior-k class is already full with 18 kids - and that's for next year.

West says kids are now being put on a waiting list.

If the numbers continue to climb, IHC might even add a second class.

"The news is good. I'm optimistic and we hope to see good numbers come the fall," said West.

Parents say the junior-k program will give their kids much-needed time.

It will be an extra year for them to learn and be ready to make the leap.

"I think this is a perfect solution. It allows her to have a full day of school, but it's still a pre-k curriculum, so it's almost the best of both worlds," said Abby Swartz, who is enrolling her daughter in the program. 

The class will start this fall.

Although the principal says he's not sure what sparked so much interest in the program, he hopes it continues.

Saturday, November 22, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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