Target Range School
courtesy Target Range School

Target Range School will add two sessions of preschool starting in the fall.

Superintendent Corey Austin said Target Range has been looking into the possibility of offering preschool for several years, especially with Gov. Steve Bullock’s emphasis on early childhood education.

“There is overwhelming research out there that shows kids reaping the benefits of early childhood education,” Austin said.

Parents in the district also have been approaching the school asking if it has preschool, and if not whether it was possible to do so.

“We want to be able to provide as much as possible for the families in our district,” Austin said.

The Target Range school board approved the preschool program, which will have morning and afternoon sessions, at its June 25 meeting. Austin said the board found funding for the service in the current budget and won’t need to place any additional burden on taxpayers.

“We believe we can sustain this without charging tuition,” Austin said.

The school will collect data from the first year of the program and use it to make modifications that will improve the preschool experience.

“Like all first-year programs, we’re going to have our growing pains,” Austin said.

Families who are interested in enrolling kids in preschool this fall should contact the school at 549-9239. The school will also update its website, target.k12.mt.us, with additional information about preschool this summer.

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