Lexington County School District Three, in conjunction with Lexington County First Steps, is thrilled to announce that it is expanding its BOOST Program to now include an evening session. BOOST, which stands for Beginning Opportunities Offered for Student Transition, is a unique Lexington Three program that’s designed to engage families with 2- and 3-year-olds in a Montessori learning environment. Up until now, the district has only been able to offer daytime BOOST sessions for preschool-aged children and their parents. However, thanks to a $25,000 gift from a private donor, evening sessions will be offered starting in February.
“It is our hope that the new evening BOOST session will allow for greater participation from children whose parents work during the day. Research shows that early childhood education has long term benefits and lasting impacts on students. The expansion of the BOOST Program will optimistically mean that even more children in our community are ready for school before they transition into our full-time kindergarten programs,” said Angie Rye, Lexington Three’s Chief Academic Officer.
Using Montessori materials, children participating in BOOST develop focus and concentration, improve motor skills and expand their cognitive development. Parents, who attend the classes alongside their child, are able to develop new knowledge of the Montessori program (which is offered as a program choice at Batesburg-Leesville Primary School for children in grades K4 through second), learn about early brain development and are introduced to the importance of language and literacy.
The new evening BOOST session will begin on February 16th and will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays for a total of eight weeks. Parents/children can arrive anytime between 5:00 PM and 5:30 PM on class days. Each class lasts for two hours, allowing parents/children to leave between 7:00 PM and 7:30 PM (depending upon their arrival time).
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, only six spots are available for the evening BOOST session. Those interested in applying should download an application (click here).
Anyone with questions can contact Debbie Teer, BOOST Coordinator, at (803) 315-8184.