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Preschool rummage sale is Saturday

Reid Armstrong

TABERNASH – Eternal Hills Christian Preschool, now in its eighth year, is expanding its program this fall to include toddlers, ages 12 months to 2.5 years.

“We have been working on these plans for last couple years,” said Preschool Director Amy Miller.

As the demographic of the county has changed over the past few years, and the school district has taken on a larger role in providing preschool education, Eternal Hills has found an opportunity to expand its program to include younger children, she explained.

Run out of the spacious basement of the Presbyterian church in Tabernash, the four-day-per-week program is Christian-based, but the preschool is open to children of all denominations.

“We have an amazing space to work with inside the church,” Miller added. “We have a dedicated gross motor room, a new playground, and we’re fortunate that we’ve been able to spread out and use the whole basement of a big building during the week.”

The preschool program houses about 20 full-day and half-day students, offering a play-based environment that focuses on self-discovery and exploration and incorporates several nationally recognized programs, including Handwriting Without Tears and The Incredible Years, Miller said. The new toddler program will provide a nurturing , play-based experience, she added.

The plan is to use existing classroom space to house the younger students. The biggest obstacle, Miller said, has been figuring out a way to create new bathroom access for young potty-training children so that at least two classrooms will have adjoining bathrooms.

The new classroom will accept up to eight toddlers, maintaining a 4-1 ratio.

In addition to the preschool and toddler programs, the school also offers a summer camp for preschoolers. This year’s theme will be “Growing up Wild.”

Miller said she is proud of the schools consistent staff. All the preschool teachers have been working there for more than five years.

Eternal Hills will be putting on a fundraiser Saturday to raise money for the start up of the new toddler class and for its scholarship assistance program. More than a third of the families at Eternal Hill receive some type of scholarship assistance, Miller said.

She recommends that parents of toddlers call the school now to get on the wait list at 887-3333.

– Reid Armstrong can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19610.

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