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Department of Defense Dependents Schools-Pacific is accepting preschool Sure Start program applications for the upcoming school year.

Modeled after Head Start in the United States, Sure Start is designed to help children who may need additional experiences to prepare them for kindergarten.

The program consists of four components: education, health, social services and parent involvement.

All Sure Start students must be command sponsored. Sure Start candidates must turn 4 on or before Oct. 31. Four-year-olds whose sponsor is pay grade E-4, GS-4 or NAF-2 and below have first priority for enrollment. Other factors besides family income considered for acceptance include:

child of low birth weight;child has a parent who was a teenager when first child was born;child has three or more siblings close in age;child has an older sibling with a severe disability;child has a parent who has not graduated from high school;parent’s primary language is not English;child is in a family headed by a single parent.Please check with the school in your community for application deadline and program start date.

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