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April 25, 2017 New playground planned for Early Head Start program at White Center Heights Elementary
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By Lindsay Peyton

Principal Anne Reece at White Center Heights Elementary has been pounding the pavement for years -- desperate to find funding for a playground for her youngest students.

Now her vision is about to take shape. Construction crews are breaking ground on a playground for the school’s Early Head Start Program at the beginning of May. The project will be completed in time for the next school year.

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Reece explained that she added Early Head Start to the campus to meet a need for additional instruction at an early age. The federally funded preschool program serves children younger than 3 from low-income families, meeting their early education, health and nutritional needs.

White Center Heights already had a preschool program for 3 and 4-year old children – but Reece felt certain there was more the school could offer.

“My data was showing that only 15 percent of the children were coming in kindergarten ready,” she said. “They weren’t meeting those necessary benchmarks. We were the lowest in the district, maybe even one of the lowest in the state.”

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