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Preschool success

Posted: August 18, 2008 9:41 p.m.
Updated: October 20, 2008 5:01 a.m.

Lisa Prince, a teacher at Mountain View Preschool, plays with some of the children as their parents and family members come to pick them up after their first day of class.

Studies have shown that children who attend preschool tend to not only have more success in kindergarten, but throughout their lives.

But don't tell that to the 4-year-olds who experienced their first day of preschool at Mountainview Elementary School on Monday.

They were just having a good time.

"It's a great opportunity for children to make new friends, develop social skills and to learn how to learn," said Program Director Michelle Morse, who oversees preschools in the Saugus Union School District. "It teaches them that learning really can be fun."

The preschool, funded by Los Angeles Universal Preschool, is divided into learning centers, with each center designed to teach students a skill they will need in kindergarten. The preschoolers draw pictures, sing songs, listen to stories and play outside - fun activities that also help them learn.

"What we're hearing from our kindergarten teachers in this district is that students from our programs have fewer transitioning issues and they're more ready to learn," Morse said.

Four-year-old Melyna Wong had no problem transitioning to preschool. That first drop-off wasn't traumatic at all, except perhaps for her mother, Melida Wong, who was saying good-bye to her only child for the morning.

"I was a little sad, because I missed her, but she was happy to be here," Melida Wong said. Lindsay Blue also had no problem when dropping off her 4-year-old daughter, Emmy.

"It was fine. She couldn't wait for me to leave," Blue said. "Her brother went here last year, so she was excited to be a big girl and come to preschool like her brother did."

Two of the Saugus district preschools are funded by Los Angeles Universal Preschool, which funds five preschools across the Santa Clarita Valley, enrolling children at little or no cost to their families.

Anyone interested in enrolling a child in one of the local Los Angeles Universal Preschool sites should call (866) 581-5287 or visit


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