State, local dignitaries check in on pre-kindergarten programs at Hernwood Elementary School


Just five days into the new school year, Sue Capron and her class of pre-kindergarten students at Hernwood Elementary School already are engaged and focused on their lessons. And on Wednesday morning, they had to be focused.

That's because they were among several classrooms visited by Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, BCPS Superintendent Dallas Dance, County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and a crowd of dignitaries all eager to see the pre-kindergarten program at work.

The visitors toured the Randallstown school to see how grants to improve and expand the pre-k program would be used not only at Hernwood but in elementary schools across Baltimore County and the state. In July, Brown announced grants totaling $4.3 million in Pre-Kindergarten Expansion Grants to help expand high-quality full and half-day pre-k to an additional 1,563 children. Hernwood is one of the schools to benefit from $720,500 in total state grants to the county.


"We've had a strong pre-k program for many years, but the only children we've been able to accept up until now have been those whose parents met the requirements under the financial guidelines," Fogleman said. "With the expansion grants, we're able to offer it now to those families who almost made the requirements but for whom private pre-kindergarten was unavailable. Through this grant, those students now are able to join us."

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