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Traverse City brings back early childhood program


The Traverse City Area Public Schools got a donation to fund its Great Start Readiness preschool program that was cut just two months ago.

The $70,000 donation comes from the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation. The funding will be good for this year. 

Executive Director of Human Resources and Labor Relations for TCAPS Dr. Cindy Berck said the program is important. 

"Anything early childhood related is important," she said. "We want our kids to have a great start to their education careers and it serves a valuable purpose for our community and the families and students in the region."

Berck said the program typically has seven classrooms. This year three of them will be funded by TCAPS and the other four will be funded by the Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District.

When the program was cut, teachers were laid off, but Berck said all seven have been hired back into TCAPS in some way. 

"Four have been hired as elementary teachers three have been hired for the GSRP," she said. 

The school district will ocntinue to look for funding for the future of the program, but Berck said the community supports them.

"We have a great community and it’s wonderful that the community rallied around and supported this.”