League Hears Pre-School Concerns At Forum

Where are the pre-school children and why are they not in pre-school?  These two questions were the topics addressed by a panel of pre-school professionals at the Hopkinsville League of Women Voter’s educational forum held Monday night at the Christian County Head Start building. The panel consisted of the Director of Special Education and Pre-school, Michelle Ladd, and Early Childhood Coordinator, Sarah Newman, both from Christian County Public Schools. Area Manager of Christian County Head Start, Dana Myers, and Jennifer Bass, owner and director of Small Steps of Faith Childcare Center, also served on the panel.

Each panel member addressed the crowd about the programs offered to pre-school children in Christian County and their concerns with the drop in number of pre-school students. Michelle Ladd said Christian County Schools offer preschool services for three and four-year olds.


   
Ladd states they have seen a decline in pre-school numbers.


   
According to Ladd, the kindergarten age has changed and this might help increase pre-school numbers.


   
Head Start Director Dana Myers says they help children of various ages.


   
Myers adds they focus on school readiness and on the family as a whole.


   
She says Head Start numbers are down and there are kids out there who need pre-school services.



   

Jennifer Bass, who owns and operates an area childcare center, notes they work with Head Start and other childcare facilities to help reach childrens' needs.


   
The League of Women Voters will have their next meeting March 24 at 6:00 at the Christian County School Board. The next meeting will address charter schools.

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