Program Preparing Kids for Kindergarten

School Bus ThingMEDFORD, Ore. — One Medford elementary school is offering a program where young students can practice for kindergarten. An open house for the new program is being held at Jackson Elementary School.

The brand new “Family Neighborhood Center” is opening its doors to students up to five-years-old in hopes of getting them prepared for kindergarten. The new center is available for all children in the Medford School District from toddler to five-years-old.

The center is located at Jackson Elementary School and will have activates like story hour, a parents club, and beginning in October a preschool provided by the Family Nurturing Center. Principal Kelly Soter says a large percent of kindergarteners come in to the school having never had any previous school experience.

“There’s a great deal of emphasis on children from birth to age five with our new family center and ways that we can connect with families in better and different ways so that we can help prepare children for learning,” said Principal Jackson Elementary Kelly Soter.

Soter says she hopes to build the center around the needs of the students and families and is hoping to also open a food pantry and closet for donations. Donations of gently used books and educational toys are welcomed as the center is just opening.

The center also wants to offer resources for parents to take home and practice with their child.