Provided by Mary Jo Kerlin
Lincoln County Schools
Beginning Dec. 10, a new preschool will open in a familiar location – at Taft High 7-12 in Lincoln City.
Taft 7-12 Early Learning Center will offer quality learning enrichment three mornings a week for children ages 3-5. Fun learning activities will include music, creative arts, structured and independent play time, social and emotional development, and story time.
One exciting feature of this preschool is the active involvement of high school students who are studying child psychology.
“I am so happy to be involved with rebuilding a developmentally appropriate program for children that includes our high school students,” says Robyn Myers, Teen Parent Coordinator and lead teacher for the preschool program at Taft 7-12. “Our enrichment program will support parents in their role as their child’s first teacher, and provide valuable knowledge for our high school students.”
With more than 30 years of experience, training and education in family advocacy and early childhood education, Myers guides the high school students as they interact with the young children. In addition to the preschoolers, high school students also participate at the high school’s daycare for infants and toddlers ages 6 weeks to 36 months.
The preschool at Taft High School had been a well-known resource in the Lincoln City community for many years. The program was halted for a couple of years following the retirement of its long-time instructor and because of budgetary cuts. With Myers’ hiring last year and renewed support from the school administration, the program is being revived.
“Our hope is to rebuild the program and make it sustainable,” says Myers. “We have a wonderful collaboration with LIFT, which serves a great, diverse population. This will be beneficial for our high school students as well as the children.” LIFT – Learning Together Is Fun – is a program sponsored by the school district’s HELP Program, which serves the county’s homeless student population. LIFT is based on the philosophy that parents are the most important teachers of their children and that young children can learn kindergarten academic and social readiness skills through fun, play-based learning activities.
Taft 7-12 Early Learning Center sessions are offered from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (when the high school is in session). The cost is $315 per 10-week session. Scholarships are available to families involved with the school district’s HELP program.
To enroll your preschooler, a registration form must be turned in by Dec. 5. Forms are available at the Taft Elementary School HELP Center, at Oceanlake Elementary School, at Taft High 7-12, or by calling 541-996-4878 or 541-996-2115.