ROSBURG - St. James Family Center has received enough additional spaces in their Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) comprehensive preschool program to open a classroom in the former third grade room at the Rosburg School this fall.

An open house and parent orientation will be held on Sept. 20 and the first day of school will be Sept. 22. Classes will be held each Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and include breakfast and lunch. Transportation from pick up sites or childcare and back within the Naselle-Grays River School District area will be provided.

The ECEAP program is a state-funded comprehensive preschool for children in lower income families. In addition to the preschool learning experience, the program includes a focus on health and dental screening and follow-up, healthy meals and snacks, family services in learning about and accessing resources and social services, and opportunities for parent involvement and parent leadership.

Four and three-year-old children and their families whose income is at 110 percent of the federal poverty level are eligible, including families receiving public assistance, children in foster care, and parents with limited incomes who are working or in school.

To check on eligibility and reserve a space for the fall, parents should call Mary Ann Nelson at St. James Family Center at (800) 350-8622 or (360) 795-8612. Space is limited so parents are urged to call right away. Families from the Naselle-Grays River area who are already enrolled at St. James do not need to call.

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