New State Preschool Program at Leona Cox

| Canyon Country Magazine | November 13, 2017

Community leaders gathered last month for a ribbon-cutting to celebrate the opening of a California state funded preschool on the campus of Leona Cox Community School in Canyon Country. The first of the preschools in the Sulphur Springs Union School District was opened in 2002 at Mint Canyon Community School and Canyon Springs. In the fall of this year Leona Cox became a third site for the preschools.

The schools offer early learning for low-income families as well as students in the special education preschool program. Collaboration between teaching staff of all preschool programs ensures continuity of topics as the children move between classrooms.

The State Preschool Program director, Mary Mercogliano, cut the ribbon with a few of the students. Other leaders in attendance included Julie Escalante, the preschool program’s site supervisor; State Assemblyman Dante Acosta; Sulphur Springs Union School District board members Shelley Weinstein, Kerry Clegg and Denis DeFigueiredo; Superintendent Catherine Kawaguchi; school psychologists JoAnne Broutt and Gina Fu; Paul Frisina, director of special education; Kim Tredick, director of curriculum and instruction; Leona Cox principal, Heather Drew; and assistant superintendents, Michele Gookins, Josh Randall and Kathy Harris.

Registration for next year begins on February 1, 2018. For more information, call Leona Cox Community School at 661-252-2003.

Visitors got to see the preschool in action


The ribbon-cutting with two students, board members, district personnel and dignitaries

Students sang two songs for the attendees

L-R: Mary Mercogliano, Shelley Weinstein, Heather Drew and Catherine Kawaguchi

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