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Friends of Farmers Sara Maples, Kevin McCay, Gayla Bevel September 17, 2013 Dr.

Lemons AIS 3803 Purpose Emerson Preschool is a licensed, fee-based preschool that provides year-round comprehensive developmentally appropriate program for young children. Emerson is currently enrolling children ages 3 to 5. Mission/Goals The main goals of the program are:

to help children feel good about themselves and others to become self-motivated learners to gain firm positive attitudes for future learning

Classes provide an environment that encourages children to express themselves through language, art, movement, music, dramatic play, and social interaction. There is also a strong emphasis on literacy skills for 3-5 year olds. History The Starkville School District established the Department of Family Centered Programs in 1994 in an effort to strengthen families of the students served by the

District. Since its inception the Department has successfully reached thousands of families with a special emphasis on at-risk families through numerous school-based and community-wide programs for all age-groups. A strong emphasis is placed on using evidence-based practices and curricula in our programs and services. Programming is primarily funded through federal, state, local and private foundation grants. In addition, Family Centered Programs has established strong linkages with community organizations in order to provide the services needed by these families. Audience The audience of Emerson Preschool consists of children between the ages of 3 to 5, the parents, and Oktibbeha County. They provide childcare/preschool year round, respite care August- May, and after school classes for children K through 5th. Current Issues The issues that Emerson Preschool has at the moment is lack of funding and parent involvement. The parent teacher association is in charge of raising money for the activities the preschool can do. They need more parents to become involved in their childs school to help further the schools educational potential. Major Projects Emerson preschools major projects this semester are the Harvest Festival and Farm to Schools week. The Harvest Festival will provide the students with an opportunity to walk around different booths and do activities that are fall related. Farm to Schools week involves making the children aware of farming. It is geared toward

helping children understand the importance of eating right and where their food comes from. Communications Efforts Emerson Preschool has an active Parent Teacher Association that supports the preschool program in various ways throughout the year. The PTA plans events for the children and their families for holidays and special occasions. They also conduct fundraisers to purchase resources for the preschool. Vision Family Centered Programs offer a variety of lifelong learning experiences designed to encourage and support strong, healthy families in Oktibbeha County. Strong, healthy families create a thriving community. Year-round comprehensive programs assist children, support parents, and empower families to focus on the importance of family, school, and community working together.

Contact Information Emerson Family School

1504 South Louisville Street

Starkville, MS 39759

Phone (662) 324-4155

Fax: (662) 324-4126

Dr. Joan Butler, Director

Phone: (662) 615-0033; Email: jbutler@starkville.k12.ms.us

Tiffany Fennell, Coordinator

Phone: (662) 324-4155; Email: tfennell@starkville.k12.ms.us

Amanda Dohl, PTA member

(601) 260-7315