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Preschool Program Information
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Jump Start to Educational Excellence
Hamblen County Schools Early Childhood Centers

Hamblen County Schools provides an exciting program of preschool education for four-year old students.  Educators have long realized the importance of high quality preschool educational programs in helping children enter school ready to learn and optimize their full potential.  The benefits of early childhood education impact the brain’s performance throughout life.  
Unfortunately, many children do not have the advantage of preschool.  Educational research indicates that these children are more likely to repeat a grade, to not graduate, to qualify for special education, and to not attend college.  Effective preschool programs can change these outcomes for all children.   
In order to better serve the needs of the community, the Hamblen County Board of Education opened its first early childhood program, Jump Start to Educational Excellence, on January 6, 2004, at Manley Elementary School.  Through a combination of state funds along with the availability of tuition slots, preschool classes are now available at Manley, Russellville, Lincoln, West, and Witt.   Children must be four years of age on or before August 15th of the enrollment school year.  Jump Start to Educational Excellence is a full day program staffed with certified teachers who are experienced in early childhood education.

If you are interested in enrolling your child in preschool, contact the school office.