Alabama Pre-K programs will receive more than 7 million dollars in grant money to expand existing schools.
News 3 spoke to teachers at a Ft. Mitchell preschool and learned they were excited that more students would be attending the school in the fall.
Candice Gardner taught Pre-K 4 for the first time last year. She says having children in the classroom before kindergarten makes a huge difference.
"They're exposed to the alphabet and counting daily so they're getting a jump start on the skills that they're going to learn in kindergarten and some of the kids even leave here ready to read," says Gardner.
Jackie Adams, a Pre-K 2 teachers says she knows first hand what pre-kindergarten can do.
"My grandson went here for 3 years and he did great when he got into kindergarten," says Adams.
St. Joseph's Child Development Center will be able to add twice as many students in their Pre-K 4 classrooms after receiving this grant.
Dennis Berry, the center's administrator, says the $120,000 grant will get kids off of the schools waiting list and into the classrooms.
"People who do want to take advantage of this, that many more people will have the opportunity to get their children on this early track," says Berry.
Gardner says during her first year teaching she could definitely see the benefit of the Pre-K program.
"I was amazed to see how much they have changed from the beginning of the year to the end of the year and I felt so confident sending them to kindergarten so now to know that we get to do that for twice as many kids as a teacher it makes me feel really good knowing that we're sending those kids on ready to go," says Gardner.
Phenix City Board of Education's Head Start program also received grant money from the state.
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