Friday, September 25, 2020

NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED WEEKLY ON WEDNESDAY • WEBSITE UPDATED WEEKLY FOR THURSDAY

Home News New preschool opens at Education Village

New preschool opens at Education Village

The public got its first look at the Colusa County Office of Education’s new Preschool Academy on Thursday.

Visitors got a glimpse of peg-board puzzles, blocks, balls and other toys in action, along with books about numbers, farm animals and people.

Three-year-old Cyrus Stoots, the academy’s first student, happily showed potential classmates the ropes Thursday, when county officials called upon the Colusa County Chamber of Commerce to help with the program’s official launch.

The preschool has been open since January.

“It’s fun,” Cyrus said. “We learned about trees.”

The preschool, which also has extended childcare, is the Office of Education’s first for young children whose families do not qualify for state-funded preschool or Head Start, a program of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

“It is important to have high-quality preschool for everyone in the county,” said Vicki Markss, Director of Children’s Services. “Young children are our future and each and every child deserves a quality education.”

Prior to the Preschool Academy’s opening, the Office of Education only operated subsidized preschools in each of the county’s school districts, Markss said.

Much of the materials at the academy are geared to jump-start children ages three to five on a successful path to kindergarten, although the new school can take tots as young as 33 months.

Cyrus’ mother, Marya Stoots, said she has seen a remarkable change in her son since he moved from a home daycare environment to the Preschool Academy.

“He’s picked up so much with an all-day curriculum,” Stoots said. “The teachers are absolutely amazing. He’s excited to come to school and happy when I pick him up.”

Stoots said much of evening time is spent with Cyrus happily chatting about what he did and learned at school.

The Preschool Academy is licensed for 24 children, and county officials are actively enrolling.

At the same time, the county is looking for additional qualified teachers.

“I love it,” said Jen Troche, lead teacher and preschool director. “It’s been a good experience. I can’t wait to have more students.”

Mike West, Colusa County superintendent of schools, is proud of the “Footsteps2 Brilliance” campaign, a breakthrough early learning solution that helps preschool and other young children become proficient readers by third grade.

But the Preschool Academy is also an income-generating operation to help the Education Village become more self-sufficient, he said.

Students are provided lunch from The Bistro, which is also open to the public as an income-generating business.

Preschool and childcare at the academy varies according to how many days and hours in each day a child participates.

The academy also has drop-in rates, Markss said.

The Preschool Academy is located at 499 Marguerite St., Williams.

More information is available by calling 530-473-1350, ext. 10376 or www.ccoe.net.

Susan Meeker
Susan Meeker
Susan Meeker is the Editor and Reporter for the Pioneer Review. She started her position with the Pioneer Review in January 2017 as the Advertising Manager. Susan specializes in local crime, government reporting. She also loves covering the various topics and events in our county. You can send her a message at susan@colusacountynews.net

More News

Colusa County Office of Education – Request for Proposals

COLUSA COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS The Colusa County Office of Education (CCOE) is accepting emailed bids for the bulk purchase of LTE Equipment...

Samuel Milton Mason (1944-2020)

It is with great sadness that we, the family of Samuel Milton Mason announce his passing on September 20, 2020 in Roseville, CA after...

CUSD working to get some students back to school

The Covid-19 pandemic has changed modern education in a way never before experience. For most schools in the state of California, getting students back to...

Quilters serve local needs, fire victims

Had it not been for a coronavirus pandemic, the Pacific Flyway Quilters would have held their annual Community Service Giveaway Night with a little...

Life, as I see it: Wind down

As the weather turns cooler and days begin to be shorter, I find myself winding down. The business of summer, the craving to spend...

Local Government

City grants permit for cannabis expansion

Colusa’s first cannabis nursery is now looking to expand operations to include full marijana cultivation. The Colusa City Council voted 4-1, on Sept. 15, to...

Local governments spending CARES to boost IT infrastructure

In order to reduce physical interaction between individuals in the era of Covid-19, local governments are using CARES Act funding to invest in better...

County appoints new Airport Advisory Committee

The Colusa County Board of Supervisors on Sept. 1 appointed seven members to the newly restructured Airport Advisory Committee. The previous committee of about 15...

Public & Legal Notices

City of Colusa – Notice of Public Hearing

CITY OF COLUSA CITY COUNCIL NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE CITY COUNCIL will hold a Public Hearing in the City Council...

City of Colusa – Notice of Public Hearing

CITY OF COLUSA CITY COUNCIL NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE CITY COUNCIL will hold a Public Hearing in the City Council...

County of Colusa – Notice of Vacancy – Colusa Cemetery District

COUNTY OF COLUSA NOTICE OF VACANCY Notice is hereby given that the Colusa County Board of Supervisors  is soliciting applications to fill a vacancy for an...

City of Colusa – Ordinance No. 542

CITY OF COLUSA ORDINANCE NO. 542 AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF COLUSA REZONING APPROXIMATELY 5.39 ACRES TO GENERAL COMMERCIAL PLANNED DEVELOPMENT...

Colusa County Resource Conservation District – Request for Statement of Qualifications for Contractors

COLUSA COUNTY RESOURCE CONSERVATION DISTRICT REQUEST FOR STATEMENT OF QUALIFICATION FOR CONTRACTORS FOREST HEALTH PROJECT PHASE 1 IN COLUSA COUNTY The Colusa County Resource Conservation District...