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Collaboration with various area agencies allow Springfield to offer several options for families to provide students aged 0 to 5 with valuable early learning options.
Learning Littles (Pequeñines Encantados) is a bilingual drop-in playgroup for parents/caregivers and their children, ages 0 to 5. The group provides open playtime for kiddos that includes story time, age-appropriate games and activities, and a snack. Adults have the opportunity to interact and connect with other parents or ask any questions they might have about parenting. The playgroup begins in October each and runs throughout the year.
This program expanded this year to three locations and times:
• Brattain House (1030 G St.): Tuesdays, 10-11:30 a.m.
• Maple Elementary (2109 J St.): Wednesdays/Fridays, 8:30-9:45 a.m.
• Two Rivers-Dos Ríos Elementary (1084 G St.): Thursdays, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Kids in Transition to School (KITS) is an early childhood program offered for families in the Maple, Two Rivers-Dos Ríos and Riverbend school communities. The program begins in the summer before students start kindergarten and continues into the early school year. Kids learn important school readiness skills that will help them be more successful in kindergarten. The program also includes workshops for parents to help prepare their kids for school. The program is funded through a collaboration between the United Way of Lane County, the Springfield and Bethel School Districts and the Oregon Social Learning Center. Sign-up for the KITS program is limited and will be offered at school registration events in March.
Thurston High School operates an excellent preschool through its Child Development Center. The preschool is open to the public, and also provides a learning venue for high school students who are interested in child care.
The Brattain Early Learning Center houses district partner organizations that currently serve pre-kindergarten students in schools and buildings throughout Springfield, including Head Start, Early Childhood CARES, and the Early Education Program. The programs primarily serve low-income, at-risk, or developmentally delayed children and families. Click here to read more about the history of the Brattain Early Learning Center.