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St. Patrick's Offers New Program for Younger Students

YORKTOWN, N.Y.—Before Monica Virgilio became the principal of St. Patrick’s School in Yorktown, she taught for 20 years at St. Joseph’s in Mahopac and introduced the school's pre-kindergarten program. This year, Virgilio introduced a Pre-K three program to St. Pat’s to start children’s education a year earlier.

St. Patrick’s had a Pre-K four program, for children who are four, before Virgilio took over, but she felt the fundamentals and lessons that children could learn in a Pre-K three program would help them greatly.

“With this, they have a jump on their academics,” Virgilio said. “They have an introduction to reading, they are socialized and they are just getting ready for their educational foundation.”

Virgilio said she felt the need for the program and also fielded inquiries from parents about the possibility of a program for younger children.

“Parents have the option of day care, but they already know they want to enroll their child here at a later age," she said. "So we now give them the option of starting their child’s educational foundation here all in one place.”

Virgilio explained that neither the Pre-K three nor Pre-K four classes are maxed out so she is still open to other parents who wish to enroll their children in the classes. Before the first few weeks of school, Virgilio students and parents were introduced to their new classroom and teacher.

“So far everything has been going well and since the orientation they all seem to be transitioning really well,” she said.

The program offers full or half-day options, as well as extended care.

“Now in school children are so inundated with work and there are such high expectations for children when they are just entering school," Virgilio said. "This program will start them off on the right foot for education, even if it’s just the basics. This is an introduction to the rest of their academic and educational lives.”

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