Richey Charter Early Learning Center opens in September | News
Tucson Unified School District’s first charter school will welcome new students on September 10.
The Richey Charter Early Learning Center (2209 N. 15th Ave.) will be a collaborative partnership between TUSD, the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and the San Ignacio Yaqui Council.
The learning center will be open to 3-year-olds who qualify for admittance under federal income eligibility guidelines (free and reduced meal guidelines). Enrollment at Richey is open to qualifying families from throughout Tucson; tribal membership is not a requirement; limited spaces are available.
Richey is a full-day academic preschool and will be open for instruction 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
According to a Richey Charter Early Learning Center news release, “Research shows that providing children with quality early learning opportunities significantly improves their likelihood of graduating high school. The Richey curriculum – Appletree’s ‘Every Child Ready’ Curriculum – provides an academic readiness in children so that they develop a strong knowledge and skill base to prepare them to have high achievement and academic performance in kindergarten and beyond.”
In addition to offering academic instruction, Richey will provide ‘fuel’ for learning, by serving a nutritious breakfast, snack and lunch every day. Age-appropriate playground equipment is also featured at Richey.
Families wishing to register their children may do so at Richey, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Enrollment application forms are also available in the TUSD Elementary Leadership office located in central administration’s Morrow Center,(1010 E. 10th St.) Office hours are Monday through Friday, from 7:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Parents are asked to bring the child’s birth certificate, immunization record, and one proof of residency to register.
To learn more about free full-day preschool at the Richey Charter Early Learning Center, please contact school coordinator Andrew Kent at 488-9258.