Pre-K Program Goes North

21 Dec 2016

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Smile Partners is poised to add 9 new preschools in Skagit County in 2017 after adding 9 in Snohomish County in late 2016. That puts its Pre-K program on track to grow by 500 new patients during the 2016-17 school year.

The growth is the work of our new Pre-K manager, Richele Strong, whose position is supported by a generous three-year grant commitment from the Murdock Charitable Trust based in Vancouver, Wash.

 So far this school year, we've has added 17 new preschools to bring the total number in the Puget Sound area to 77. The organization now has 24 sites in King; 30 Kitsap; 21 in Snohomish and 2 in Mason County. The Skagit County schools would bring the total to 86. The nine sites have a combined enrollment of 200 children.

The other new sites are elsewhere in the Puget Sound area with the largest number of new schools coming on board in Snohomish County. We added 9 new sites there, followed by 5 in Kitsap, 2 in Mason and 1 in King County. The total number of new patients at the 17 new sites excluding the ones in Skagit County is 296.

Our goal is to ensure more preschoolers have access to preventive services such as screening, fluoride varnish, oral hygiene instruction and referrals for restorative care. In three years, it wants to double the number of young patients in the Pre-K program to 3,000 from the 1,500 it served during the 2015-16 school year.