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USD 428 hosts pre-K & kindergarten fair
Families invited to explore early learning resources
A student from Little Panthers Preschool gives the photographer a thumbs up. Great Bend USD 428 will host an information fair for this year’s preschoolers and kindergartners. - photo by photo courtesy of Great Bend USD 428

Great Bend USD 428 invites parents and guardians to attend the second annual Preschool and Kindergarten Pre-Enrollment Information Fair at the Great Bend Events Center on Tuesday, April 12 from 1–7 p.m.

“Learning begins long before a child enters kindergarten,” said Tricia Reiser, assistant superintendent for USD 428. “The enrollment fair is an opportunity for parents and families to connect with community resources and learn more about USD 428 Preschool and Kindergarten programs.”

At the come-and-go event, USD 428 teachers and support staff will be available to talk with parents about academic programs, social-emotional support, attendance requirements and more. Preschool programs in Great Bend include opportunities for both 3 and 4-year-olds, while kindergarten requires students to be 5 years old on or before August 31.

“Beyond being a convenience for families, we hope the ‘one-stop-shop’ style event showcases the unity of our USD 428 elementary schools and preschool programs in our curriculums, academic standards, and student support,” said Reiser. “There is a high level of coordination and collaboration in our district that benefits both students and teachers.”

Other exhibitors at the event include community preschools, Barton County Health Department, Great Bend Public Library, United Way of Central Kansas, Parents as Teachers, Great Bend Rec, and other services and resources that support young learners and their families.

This is an information fair for parents and families. There will be gift bags for all incoming students; however, children are not required to attend. For pre-enrollment, bring proof of child’s age, immunization records and health physical.

“Preschool establishes a strong foundation for learning,” said Reiser, “and we want to make it as easy as possible for families to access the resources and information in one location. Parents, students, community, and schools – we’re all partners in helping our young people grow, learn, and succeed.”

To learn more about the Preschool and Kindergarten Pre-Enrollment Information Fair, visit Specific questions may be directed to the District Education Center by calling 620-793-1500.