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FALL 2018

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ing Foundation 2 years. BISC also offers the Early Learning Club, a complimentary program for parents and toddlers that enables them to experience the program and become familiar with the staff. The club is limited to 10 places for eight-week blocks. Pam Dixon, whose son recently completed Founda- tion 2, brought him to the Early Learning Club right after his second birthday. "From day one he was completely comfortable," she recalls. "The staff walked him around the school and other children said hello and played with him, so he was ready to go from the very first day. He still looks forward to coming every morning." At Endhaven, children enter the one-year Bright Beginnings program at age 4 or as a young 5-year- old. Parents must apply through Charlotte-Mecklen- burg Schools. "The majority of families live in the Ballan- tyne area, but income is not the sole criteria," Corpening says. "Developmental delays or physical or language bar- riers are also considered. "The basic premise of Bright Beginnings is social and emotional development," she continues. "It is consid- ered an intervention program, but we are also very literacy based and focus on basic math skills as well." Parents must agree to read 100 books with their child by the end of the year and keep logs. Teachers administer the Pea- body Picture Vocabulary Test at the beginning and end of the year to measure progress. Endhaven Principal Brian Slattery believes the payoff is worth the invest- ment. "Students coming from Bright Beginnings enter kindergarten having mastered many of the skills they need, includ- ing pre-reading skills such as rhyming, vocabulary development and under- standing how to open a book and read from left to right," he says. "They have also been exposed to walking in line, sharing and waiting their turn." Corpening worked for 14 years at Bright Beginnings preparing lesson plans for new teachers, but last year was her first time as a lead teacher in the classroom. She plans to return. "My greatest joy was when the kids came into my class- room so excited and happy to be there," she says. "They would walk up and say 'I love you.' That is priceless to me. It's something money can't buy." Early Education Classes British International School of Charlotte 7000 Endhaven Lane Foundation 1 and 2 Classes and the Early Learning Club 704-341-3236 Endhaven Elementary* 6815 Endhaven Lane Bright Beginnings Program, 2 Classrooms A child must be age 4 on or before the school year begins, live in Mecklenburg County and apply through Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. The program also accepts young 5-year-olds. 980-343-5950 (English), 980-343-5138 (Spanish) to schedule a screening appointment (appointment-request form) * McAlpine Elementary School in Ballantyne, 9100 Carswell Lane, has a Bright Beginnings classroom as well as a pre-K class for children age 3. Brian Slattery The primary focus of Bright Beginnings is social and emotional development. BALLANTYNE FALL 2018 46 Feature

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