Virginia first lady visits Lancaster’s early childhood education program


by Jackie Nunnery

Virginia Secretary of Education Atif Qarni, Office of Early Childhood Access and Enrollment director Rebecca Ullrich and first lady Pamela Northam recently visited Kelli Tignor’s Pre-K classroom at Lancaster Primary School. Northam presented Tignor the book, If I Had a Sleepy Sloth for her classroom of four-year-olds. From left are Secretary Qarni, Ulrich, Tignor and Northam.

LANCASTER—As part of her “Back to School Tour,” first lady Pamela Northam visited Lancaster Primary School’s Pre-K classrooms on Tuesday, August 31. This is Lancaster’s first year as part of the Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI), a program to provide preschool programs for at-risk four-year-olds not served by the federal Head Start program.

There are 55 three- and four-year-olds enrolled in Lancaster’s pre-K program.

During her visit, Northam also took a tour of the Early Childhood Education Center currently under construction at the former Annex, next to Lancaster Middle School.

A former pediatric occupational therapist, Northam said she….

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