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Openings available at Helping Hands for free Pre-K
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Helping Hands Preschool has a limited number of openings still available in the 4-year-old Pre-K program. This free preschool program is available to any child who lives in the USD 428 school district and meets the eligibility criteria.

To qualify, children must be 4 years old by Aug. 31 and cannot turn 5 before Aug. 31. Children must meet at least one other eligibility requirement:

• Family receives benefits from the Food Assistance Program (FAP) or qualifies for free school lunches at the time of enrollment

• Single parent family

• DCF written referral

• At least one parent was a teen when the child was born

• At the time of enrollment, either parent lacks a high school diploma or GED

Other than the initial $40 enrollment fee, there is no tuition fee for this program.

Helping Hands has two sessions daily, Monday through Thursday: 7:55-11:15 a.m. with breakfast served, or 11:55-3:15 p.m. with lunch served. 

For more information contact Michelle Cape, program coordinator, at Washington School, 2535 Lakin Ave.