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Oxford School District to Launch 3-K Pilot Program

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Oxford, Mississippi (February 7, 2024) — The Oxford School District announces the launch of its pilot 3-K program beginning in August of the 2024/2025 academic year.

The full-day program will start with two 3-K classes, each facilitated by a certified teacher and an assistant teacher, with a maximum of 14 students in each class. It aims to foster students' social, emotional, physical, and cognitive growth through a carefully planned curriculum of diverse learning experiences that meets each child's developmental needs.

Running from 7:40 a.m. to 2:20 p.m. every school day, 3-K students will engage in teacher-initiated activities and child-directed play, with a range of learning experiences that cater to individual differences and encourage each child's natural curiosity.

While the district cannot provide transportation due to safety requirements, aftercare services will be available through the YMCA. Tuition costs are yet to be determined. As the district launches year one of the 3-K pilot program, enrollment will be open exclusively to children of Oxford School District employees until Oxford Early Childhood Center renovations are complete to maximize classroom space.

Superintendent Roberson highlights the importance of early childhood education, stating, “Early childhood education is the backbone of our public education system, yet its significance to the development of children often goes unnoticed.”

“The Oxford School District understands how vital early childhood education is to the long-term success of the kids in our community,” says Roberson. “We are dedicated to the long-term goal of providing a certified classroom teacher for every 3-year-old living within the Oxford School District.”

Lauren Jones