Claremont Weighs Early Ed; School District Mulls Changes to Pre-K and Kindergarten

  • As teacher Mackenzie Royce reads "Sadie and the Snowman," she has the full attention of her preschoolers (from left,) Bailey Leavitt, 4, Brynne Ianello, 4, Carter Ryan, 4, and Nicholas Lanzara, 4, at The Sugar River Valley Child Care Center in Claremont, N.H., on Jan 7, 2014. Royce has worked at the center inside the Sugar River Valley Technical Center for 15 years. (Valley News - James M. Patterson)

    As teacher Mackenzie Royce reads "Sadie and the Snowman," she has the full attention of her preschoolers (from left,) Bailey Leavitt, 4, Brynne Ianello, 4, Carter Ryan, 4, and Nicholas Lanzara, 4, at The Sugar River Valley Child Care Center in Claremont, N.H., on Jan 7, 2014. Royce has worked at the center inside the Sugar River Valley Technical Center for 15 years. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Preschooler Finn Hjelt, 5, makes a pretend phone call while playing with Sugar River Valley Technical Center Teacher Preparation student Nicole Williams, left, at the The Sugar River Valley Child Care Center in Claremont, N.H., Jan 7, 2014. The center will remain open after it was determined by the State of New Hampshire that the space the center occupies can only be used for its current educational purpose and not for special education preschool. (Valley News - James M. Patterson)

    Preschooler Finn Hjelt, 5, makes a pretend phone call while playing with Sugar River Valley Technical Center Teacher Preparation student Nicole Williams, left, at the The Sugar River Valley Child Care Center in Claremont, N.H., Jan 7, 2014. The center will remain open after it was determined by the State of New Hampshire that the space the center occupies can only be used for its current educational purpose and not for special education preschool. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Purchase photo reprints »

  • As teacher Mackenzie Royce reads "Sadie and the Snowman," she has the full attention of her preschoolers (from left,) Bailey Leavitt, 4, Brynne Ianello, 4, Carter Ryan, 4, and Nicholas Lanzara, 4, at The Sugar River Valley Child Care Center in Claremont, N.H., on Jan 7, 2014. Royce has worked at the center inside the Sugar River Valley Technical Center for 15 years. (Valley News - James M. Patterson)
  • Preschooler Finn Hjelt, 5, makes a pretend phone call while playing with Sugar River Valley Technical Center Teacher Preparation student Nicole Williams, left, at the The Sugar River Valley Child Care Center in Claremont, N.H., Jan 7, 2014. The center will remain open after it was determined by the State of New Hampshire that the space the center occupies can only be used for its current educational purpose and not for special education preschool. (Valley News - James M. Patterson)

Teacher Mackenzie Royce has the full attention of preschoolers (from left) Bailey Leavitt, Brynne Ianello, Carter Ryan and Nicholas Lanzara as she read Sadie and the Snowman at the Sugar River Valley Child Care Center in Claremont on Tuesday. Royce has worked at the center inside the Sugar River Valley Technical Center for 15 years.Valley News — James M. Patterson