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NMSU Roadrunner PreK starting new programs

The New Mexico State University Roadrunner PreK program is accepting enrollment for newly forming morning and afternoon classes.

The program, in its second year, is funded by Children, Youth and Families and is open to children who turned 4 years old before Sept. 1 and will attend a qualifying school for kindergarten. Qualifying schools include Cesar Chavez, Columbia, Alameda, Hermosa Heights, Booker T. Washington, Valley View, University Hills or Mesilla Park elementary schools in the Las Cruces Public Schools system. Attendance at other schools may qualify, but need prior approval.

Program director Melissa Jozwiak said they are particularly interested in children who have never been in a care situation before.

"This is an opportunity for families who have never taken advantage of an early education program," Jozwiak said.

Each class will have two teachers and 13 children and run through May 2009. Located in NMSU's Myrna's Children's Village, the program has highly educated teachers who have a large pool of resources, Jozwiak said.

"The programs at the village are building a strong professional development network that benefits the children," she said.

For more information or to ask enrollment questions, call (575) 646-1651.