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Thermopolis Early Childhood Education model under consideration in Riverton

Thermopolis Early Childhood Education model under consideration in Riverton

*Feature Photo: Riverton School Board Chairman Carl Manning touted the Thermopolis Early Childhood Program as a model for District 25 at a meeting Tuesday night in Riverton. (Pitchengine Communities) * (Riverton, Wyo.) - A program that has been in place for some half-dozen years in the Hot Springs County School District is being used as a model for a new Early Childhood Education Program at Fremont County School District #25 in Riverton. "The Thermopolis model is one we looked at when developing our proposed program," said school board chairman Carl Manning at a school board meeting Tuesday night. "They have a reach-out room there with a liaison who meets with parents and invites parents and others in. It is a great model with great results and its' funded now by the Ellbogen Foundation." Manning noted that Thermopolis has a different demographic than Riverton, but he noted that other schools, such as Shoshoni has an in-school pre-school program and that the Wind River school has a Purple Bus that travels out into the community to meet with parents and kids. He said all of those programs work because of the family outreach. "That's what we are searching for," Manning said to a room full of parents giving input on the Riverton district's proposed early childhood proposals. "We are mining as much information as we can to try to create something to change the paradeim here. We want to break the cycle of kids that come in that are annually promoted and not skill promoted. That is what needs to happen." District 25 Superintendent Terry Snyder said the Riverton Schools have one of the highest poverty rates in the state and that 45 percent of kids showing up for kindergarten are not ready. "Our hope is to fill in the gaps," he said. "It's all about the kids. Parents are an important part of this model, and it needs to be a critical piece of our early learning opportunity. He said the success of the Thermopolis program results from both the parents and the students being involved. The proposal for Riverton was outlined in a graphic: [image: Inline image 1] #springcity #county 10 #news