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Free Preschool in Davenport

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The Davenport School District is offering free preschool to 4-year-olds.
It's a state funded initiative that is giving the district $3,000 per student to offer the program. This means any child that qualifies can go to the preschool for free.
Supporters say this is great way to get kids used to going to class and doing assignments.

"These days, by the second week of kindergarten children are reading, they're completing math worksheets," said Dianna Saelens, Pre-K Instructional Specialist. "So it's not just learning your letters, learning your numbers."

The program is two hours a day and there is free busing to Davenport daycares.
To qualify the child must be living in Iowa and must be 4-years-old on or before September 15th.
School officials say the goals is to have 80% of pre-schoolers ready for kindergarten.


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