Southeast USD 247 and Frontenac USD 249 are accepting applications for their free preschool programs for 4-year-olds for the 2010-2011 school year.

Southeast USD 247 and Frontenac USD 249 are accepting applications for their free preschool programs for 4-year-olds for the 2010-2011 school year.

The free preschool provides fun hands-on learning opportunities and experiences designed to enhance a child’s cognitive, language, social, emotional and physical development in preparation for kindergarten.

To be eligible, children must be 4 years old by Aug. 31, 2010, but cannot have reached their fifth birthday and must meet one of the following criteria: Live in a single-parent home; qualify for free lunches; have a parent who was a teen parent; have a parent who has not completed high school or a general equivalency diploma; be developmentally or academically delayed; be referred by SRS; or have limited English proficiency.

Preschool applications are available by calling toll free (800) 554-3412.