After a semester off due to staffing challenges, the playschool at Manson’s Community Hall restarted on Jan. 11 and will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The program is under the umbrella of Southern Cortes Community Association (SCCA). Susan John (aka Sujon) and Hanna Schwartzentruber are the two new facilitators this semester.
The program is for children ages 2.5 to 5-years-old, and the initial registration was for eight children, although in the past Sujon said the playschool has had as many as 27 participants.
The program is fully licensed and that means parents can apply for subsidies that could cover about 40 per cent of the cost.
Sujon has also been running the Parents and Tots program on and off for the last 28 years. It happens on Monday and Wednesday mornings and gives parents and caregivers a chance to let their newborns and toddlers (up to age three) play while the adults socialize among themselves.
As a mother of two kids who are now living independently, Sujon said she wonders what impact the pandemic restrictions will have on the current generation.
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