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Caldwell preschool to reopen, new director hired

Christine Sallstrom

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— After an 18 month-hiatus, Caldwell Presbyterian Church’s preschool — an integral part of the community for decades — is reopening, and it will soon be enrolling students.

In resuming the operations, Caldwell officials have recently appointed Christine Sallstrom as director-teacher of the preschool.

Sallstrom will begin her duties during in a few weeks by registering three- to five-year-old students. Since 1973, the Caldwell Presbyterian Church Preschool has been an educational fixture in the Lake George school district since 1973.

In September, the preschool — which has undergone some renovations recently — will be holding a grand re-opening.

Sallstrom has resided in Lake George with her family this year. She is originally from Pennsylvania where she received her degree in elementary education from Baptist Bible College. Christine’s husband is the youth director at the New Hope Community Church in Queensbury. They have two children — a son who is in the tenth grade at Lake George High, and a daughter attending SUNY Adirondack.

For 40 years, Caldwell Presbyterian has been the only full-fledged preschool in the Lake George community, Church representative Alan Chandler said this week.

“The preschool’s vision is to serve the families of the greater Lake George community with a safe, structured and loving environment to prepare children academically and socially for success as they enter kindergarten,” he said.

Chandler said the church officials plan on hiring a teacher soon to work with Sallstrom. When school is in session, the two will be working with an aide, plus volunteers from their church.

Chandler noted that Lake George Superintendent of Schools Patrick Dee, an alumnus of Caldwell pre-school, interviewed candidates for the director post and helped choose Sallstrom.

Chandler said the preschool had closed temporarily due to low enrollment, but demand for their services have resumed to their prior level.

Three-year-olds have three morning sessions per week, and four- and five-year-olds attend all five weekdays, from 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

For details or to enroll a child, stop in at Caldwell Presbyterian Church at 71 Montcalm St. between 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday or call the church office at 668-2613.

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