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New program for 5-year-olds at MV preschool

Registration is open for a 1997-98 "Young Fives" class at Mountain View Parent Nursery School. Organizers said the program will serve children who are ready for new challenges in a school setting, but who are not yet ready to join kindergarten.

Enrollment is open to 20 children in Mountain View and surrounding communities like Los Altos, who will be at least 4 years, 6 months old by Sept. 2.

"We are very excited to be offering this new program," said Betsy Nikolchev, the school's director. "Currently, there is no transitional kindergarten in Mountain View. Our "Young Fives" class will fill a void in the community, providing an enriching pre-kindergarten experience. We are designing a curriculum that is developmentally appropriate, stimulating and fun."

Beginning in September, the class will meet 12:30-3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the preschool, 1299 Bryant Ave., Mountain View. One teacher and one aide will plan and supervise classroom activities.

Parents also participate in the classroom and attend parent education meetings.

The preschool was recently awarded national accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The recognition goes to only 5 percent of all early childhood programs nationwide and is bestowed on those programs that meet national standards of excellence in all areas of operation.

The nursery school is sponsored by the Mountain View-Los Altos Adult Education program.

For more information about the "Young Fives" program, call Kathleen Lee at 969-9506.

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