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June 25, 2014 | 09:54 AM

Beginning with the 2014-15 school year, Noah's Ark Preschool will offer full-day preschool Monday through Friday, and it's free to qualified children, thanks to the Harrison County Community Foundation's Jump Start Initiative.

On Tuesday, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., the facility will host an open house for potential children and their parents.

Allison Miller, who is beginning her second year as the facility's director and lead teacher, said there will be hot dogs, chips, a bouncy house and a playground for children, as well as some door prizes.

Noah's Ark is housed at Unity Chapel United Methodist Church, located at 1760 Lost Creek Road south of Ramsey.

Miller asks that those who plan to attend the open house RSVP by Friday by calling 812-347-2887 or 1-502-415-1273.

The Jump Start Initiative at Noah's Ark will be able to accept at least 18 children who reside in Harrison County.

Miller said the Jump Start curriculum will include enrichment time for academics, as well as science, music and art. However, there won't be instructional time in the faith-based program the entire time, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., for the preschoolers.

"We won't burn them out," Miller said.

There will be at least one full-time instructional assistant in the classroom.

For children who qualify for free and reduced lunch based on federal income guidelines, there will be no charge to attend the five-day-a-week preschool sessions. If additional openings remain, other children can attend for $120 a week. Transportation is not provided; however, the children will receive lunch and a snack.

Noah's Ark, which has operated for at least 10 years, will continue to offer its half-day preschool classes: Monday, Wednesday and Friday for $95 a month for 4 year olds and Tuesday and Thursday for $75 a month for 3 year olds, with sessions in the mornings and afternoons. Currently, all morning sessions are full, Miller said.

To enroll in all-day preschool, children must be 4 by Aug. 1; they must be 3 by Aug. 1 to enroll in the two-day preschool and 4 by Aug. 1 for the half-day class.

Noah's Ark follows the North Harrison Community School Corp.'s calendar, including all breaks, holidays and snow days.

Miller earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Indiana Wesleyan University and is working on her master's. Born in Columbus, Ohio, she is formerly of Louisville.

She became familiar with Harrison County when her husband, Adam Miller, did his student teaching in the North Harrison Community School Corp. He has since been hired as the band director at North Harrison High School.

"We really love Corydon and this area," Allison Miller said.

For more information or to enroll a child in the Jump Start initiative, obtain an enrollment from Noah's Ark or Unity Chapel UMC and take it to Harrison County Community Services for documentation then return it to Noah's Ark. Additional questions can be made by calling the above numbers.

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