First Light Children's Center held an Open House Tuesday evening to introduce their new programs to the community while meeting with enrolled and prospective parents and children.
First Light signed a lease with the The Sheridan Economic and Education Development Authority just last week, and the facility is ready to go with classrooms set up for their opening on Monday.
SEEDA is made up of City of Sheridan, the Northern Wyoming Community College District and Sheridan County School District 2. Executive Director Ann Perkins says first and foremost First Light is an early-educational facility.
First Light will serve children 6 weeks to 6 years old and education will occur at all levels, as Perkins said.
Teachers have undergone training in the High Scope Curriculum this week. One of those teachers, Missi Hubert, is the Morning Glory Preschool Teacher. Her program will run from 8:45 to 11:45, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for 4 and 5 year olds and on Tuesdays and Thursdays for 2 and 3 year olds. She explains what she will stress most in her classroom.
Michael McGuire is the full-day preschool teacher. His ultimate goal will be the same: Kindergarten readiness. He will be in charge of 4 and 5 year olds for a full-day.
After Hand-In-Hand Early Childhood Center closed its doors in June of 2011, SEEDA chose First Light as a new tenant for its facility. Hubert says that Tuesday night wasn't about reopening the building.
Perkins said they will continue to grow enrollment and expand their programming. There are also ways to support First Light if you aren't a parent. They are looking for donations to their scholarship fund, employers can use First Light as their corporate-sponsored childcare facility and you can purchase an item on the teacher wish list. There are also opportunities to volunteer to teach music, theater and art.
If you're interested in enrolling a child or finding out more, call First Light at 673-0403 or visit their website at firstlightsheridan.com.