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July 19, 2013
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SRU's Child Care Center offers summer 'Kindergarten Camp'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -Area youngsters are being offered the chance to get a jump start on kindergarten through a two-week summer camp being presented by the Student Government Association and its Child Care Center at Slippery Rock University.

The camp, open to pre-kindergarten youngsters, will run 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., weekdays Aug. 5-16, in McKay Education Building, home of the SGA Child Care Center.

The camp will focus on helping children brush up on their letters, numbers and social skills to get ready for school in the fall.

The class is limited to 20 children who will be starting kindergarten in the fall.

Field trips to the local Slippery Rock Elementary School are planned. The school district's kindergarten teachers will meet the youngsters and conduct learning sessions. The remainder of the program will be under the leadership of the SRU Child Care Center staff.

"The Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning added funding to the Pre-K Counts Program and encouraged us to offer the program," said Lisa Ringer, director of SRU's Child Care Center, which is accredited by NAEYC with a Star 4 rating. The SRU center is licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare and the Department of Education as a private academic school.

"The program is designed to get youngsters better prepared to go to school. We want to help them develop new habits that will make them ready for school," she said.

This curriculum aligns with that Pennsylvania State Early Learning Standards and was approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

The program is free for those meeting household income guidelines, starting at $46,530 maximum household income for a family of two. Funding is provided by a Pennsylvania Pre K Counts grant. The program is designed to help middle- and low- income families pay to send their children to a high-quality early childhood program for up to two years before they begin kindergarten. The SRU program received a $5,000 grant for the camp as part of 2013 funding.

Call 724.738.2102 for details.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.