June 29, 2018, Moline, IL, Quad City Times: Funding expands preschool program https://qctimes.com/news/local/education/funding-expands-preschool-program/article_651ed301-5df4-5d71-9bd1-e94fe6dcc004.html A multi-year grant will allow the Moline-Coal Valley School District to offer a new all-day preschool program to 80 4-year-olds. Rachel Fowler, Thomas Jefferson Early Childhood Center principal, said the school district has received a $717,900 competitive Illinois State Board of Education Preschool For All Expansion Grant. … There typically are about 30 additional children served at the center who receive speech or other special education services, Fowler said…. Fowler said the new staff positions can help support teachers by looking at best practices, and reteaching and pre-teaching appropriate ways to work with children’s behaviors. Children also will also learn other ways to deal with frustration or anxiety, she said, issues that increasingly are affecting children….