Does Early Education Really Matter?

Research has shown that much of what you need to succeed in life is established before you enter kindergarten. During that time, the human brain undergoes rapid development; it’s a period when a child builds cognitive skills — the foundation for reading, math, science and academics — as well as character skills, social-emotional growth, gross-motor skills and executive functioning, which includes everything from impulse control to problem solving.

Children who attend early-learning programs demonstrate higher levels of school achievement and better social adjustment than those who have no formal early education. They’re less likely to repeat a grade or be placed in special education classes, since learning issues can be identified and mediated early. Children who have had formal early-learning experiences are also more likely to graduate from high school.

Read more: http://nationswell.com/ask-experts-can-fix-early-childhood-education/#ixzz4KoRVZD6H

Free Preschool Options in Sherwood:

Head Start at Archer Glen Elementary School

The Head Start classroom of 20 kiddos will be hosted at Archer Glen elementary school beginning in Fall 2016.  It will run approximately 5.5 hrs per day and will follow the school calendar.  To be eligible, a child must be 3-5 years of age by September 1, and be within 200% of the national poverty guidelines.  This program serves all Sherwood school zones.  Application info at: http://caowash.org/what_we_do/head-start/head-start.html

Preschool Promise slots at YMCA Child Development Center

A limited number of preschool promise slots are available at the YMCA Child Development Center at 22280 SW Washington St in Sherwood.  This classroom of 17 children will meet from 9am-2pm and follow the school calendar.  To be eligible, a child must be 4 years of age by September 1, and be within 200% of the national poverty guidelines.  The program serves all Sherwood School zones.  Discounted before/after care available.   For additional info contact Jennifer Lavendar at jlavender@ymcacw.org.

Hopkins Elementary Pre-K

The Hopkins Title 1 Pre-K Program serves students who reside within the Hopkins attendance zone.  This classroom of 20 students meets for 2.5hrs per day and follows the school calendar.  All students, regardless of income, will be considered for enrollment into the PreK class.  Application info at: http://hop.sherwood.k12.or.us/information/title-i/pre-kindergarten

Tualatin Early Childhood Center

Tualatin Early Childhood Center offers part day preschool programming at no cost to Sherwood children who qualify for Early Childhood Special Education services.  Preschool also avaiable for typical peers at minimal cost.  To determine eligibility, please visit http://www.nwresdeiecse.org/intake--referral3.html

Upcoming Offerings:

Sherwood Early Learning Fair

Ready for Kindergarten


For additional early learning options, parenting resources, developmental concerns, and/or basic needs support (food, diapers, clothing, etc.) for children ages 0-6 years, please contact Beccah Wagner, Family Resource Manager, at (503) 825 –5486 or rwagner@sherwood.k12.or.us.