TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) Parents listen up, just before school starts, a Terre Haute pre school is adding a pre-kindergarten program.
This year the Small World Learning center will be helping low-income families get their students up to speed in early education.
The building blocks of an education are laid here at the small world learning center in Terre Haute, a pre school that’s more of a family.
“Miss Sherry is our director, and she’s also my mother,” school administrator Nic Tacker said. “I know family business right? She started small world in 1975 so we’ve been doing this for 39 years now. “
Nic Tacker heads up the administrative duties at the school. This year he’s found his hands quite full. After noticing a lack of early educational opportunities for low income families, Nic’s family went to do something about it, in the form of a state grant.
“It’s basically state funded Pre-K,” Tacker said. “There are some extra requirements because its state funded. So we have to have a licensed teacher.”
Fortunately small world already had that in house, or more appropriately in the family.
“Our lead teacher is actually my wife,” Tacker explained. “So we are very concerned about having a high quality place where our child can go of course. So that’s where it comes home to me.”
The state grants pays close to $5,000 per child for low income families to join the Tacker family. This year up to 48 spots are available, but they are filling quickly.
“We’ve gotten a pretty good response so far. We’ve got around 12 to 14 families enrolled and enrollment’s only been open for a week,” Tacker said.