At its business meeting on March 17th, the East Hampton Board of Education unanimously approved a contract with the Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center to provide a full-day Universal Prekindergarten program for the 2015-16 school year.

A collaborative effort between the EH Board and the EWECC Board resulted in cost savings measures. The full day Pre-K program for the 2015-16 school year will be less expensive to operate than the current half-day Pre-K program.

The school district has partnered with the EWECC since 1996 to offer a half-day pre-K program, one of the first of its kind on the East End. The program has grown and thrived since its inception and has become an integral part of our community.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for the children of East Hampton,” said Superintendent of Schools Richard Burns. “By offering a full-day program, we are providing our youngest students with an opportunity to build a strong and positive foundation for their educational career.”

The research-based curriculum used by the EWECC supports and complements the program offered in the East Hampton Schools. “The program ensures that our students develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills, as well as a curiosity and passion for learning, which provide the educational foundation needed to engender successful students and citizens of the 21st century,” said EWECC Director Maureen Wikane.

Details on enrolling in the full-day pre-K program will be made available within the next several weeks to residents within the district.