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September Community Report

Since awarded the Community Partnerships grant by the Texas Education Agency, we have been able to talk to a number of stakeholders in the Sanger community. In the month of September, we listened to members of the community who provide early childhood care to students and worked with community members to understand their current reflections, hopes and dreams for early childhood education in Sanger, TX.

 

Currently in Sanger, the community has several options for pre-K.

 

Free district pre-K at Butterfield for families who qualify

Tender Foot Primary School for district staff members

Three church providers: First Baptist Church, Freedom Life Church, Church of Christ at Sanger

Private Providers: Carousel Academy, Guiding Hands Christian Academy, Little Angels in Action, Busy Bees

Licensed at-home providers

 

Unfortunately, there are not enough spaces at these different providers for all of the pre-k aged children located in Sanger.  

 

Key Milestones for September

  • Continued to interview community members
  • Convened the first Pre-K in Sanger Steering Committee meeting
  • Conducted site visits to Sanger ISD Pre-K Classrooms
 

What We've Learned 

 

  • There are incredible existing resources and assets we can leverage more to make sure Pre-K programs are visible and accessible to families, including marketing all Pre-K programs in a shared space. 
  • Community organizations are eager to partner with programs to extend learning experiences beyond the classroom to community resources like the library and community family nights. 
  • Families, district staff, and community members alike have an emerging shared understanding of the importance of Pre-K preparing students for Kindergarten and the skills it will take to get there. 
  • A one-size-fits-all approach will not meet the diverse needs of Sanger families who face a wide range of barriers in accessing Pre-K, including transportation, scheduling, and eligibility requirements. 

 

What's Next

 

We'll continue meeting with stakeholders in October to hear more perspectives and begin collecting feedback on an emerging vision for Pre-K for all in Sanger. These engagement activities will include parent focus groups, community interviews, classroom and program site visits, and district interviews. If you'd like to learn to learn more or get involved, email us at PreK@sangerisd.net.