Truckee State Preschool opens |

Truckee State Preschool opens

One of the newest additions to the Truckee-Tahoe Unified School District opened its doors on Monday, April 2. The Truckee State Preschool is a program that will serve 21 children, ages 3 to 5.

“Twenty-one children will be full of anticipation as they come to a brand new world of very caring and enthusiastic people,” said Program Coordinator Susan Bruno.

The facility, which is located next to Sierra High School, was put in place by the school district last January. Steps were then made to meet all of the licensing requirements and get the building ready.

“Transportation was a crucial obstacle we had to overcome,” said Bruno. “Dial-A-Ride has completely accommodated our needs. They are setting aside two times a day to pick-up and return children to their homes. That alone has made it possible for each family to participate.”

If the demand for the new preschool is any indication of the security of the program, the Truckee State Preschool will be in good shape.

“Once we were close to finalizing the licensing project, we began to recruit,” said Bruno. “With a staff of two we could start with 16 children. Within three days and no advertising, we were full.”

The high demand led Bruno to look for another staff member and the new facility now accommodates 21 children. A waiting list has already formed.

Bruno is looking forward to the first project already planned for the kids.

“An incubator has been borrowed and eggs have been brought up from a farm in San Luis Obispo as our first project, watching chicks hatch,” said Bruno.

The preschool program is designed to help children prepare for kindergarten and is funded by a grant from the State. The program is free for participating children.

For more information, call Truckee State Preschool at (530) 582-7144 between 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

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