Vigo Co. finalist for pre-Kindergarten pilot program

VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – An early education program could be coming for some Wabash Valley 4-year-olds.

Vigo County is one of 18 finalists for a Pre-Kindergarten pilot program. The program provides funding to start Pre-K programs in five counties.

“We are absolutely excited about it. It was our hope that we would be one of those five schools selected so this gets us into the running for that,” Christi Fenton of the Vigo County School Corporation said. “We have an application that we’ll need to submit by the end of the month and looking forward to getting that in so we can be one of those 5.”

Providing Pre School isn’t new in Vigo County. According to Fenton, there are 6 schools with Pre-K programs.

She said studies the corporation has done show the difference that extra year makes.

“Every single time there’s a real difference in the progress those kids have made walking in the door and if they come in the door behind its hard to catch them up.”

While the program right now teaches around 300 of the roughly 1,300 kids that will be kindergartners next year, the school corporation thinks the program will give them a leg up on some of the competition.

“It shows that we have a commitment to having more pre school programs in our area and so I think that commitment piece is gonna be huge,” Fenton ended saying.

Indiana’s Family and Social Services Administration is sponsoring the initiative which is directed at low income communities.

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