Geneva County Pre-K Program Sign-Up Day

One might describe it as a lost weekend for more than 100 parents in Geneva County. Lines were long and tempers short for the sign-up at a state sponsored pre-k program.

Kecia Evans is one of the lucky ones'. She received the last slot for her child to be enrolled in a pre-k program beginning in August.

From Friday afternoon until Monday morning, more than 100 families camped outside the Sandbox Daycare to get their child in next year's class.

It was on a first come basis. There was only room for 18 four-year-olds.

"I had my mother, husband, and myself; we all took turns in line so we wouldn't lose our place,” Evans said.

Former Hartford Police Chief Greg Adams was able to get his son enrolled.

Over the three days, lines were long. It was hot and tempers got short.

Beth Mitchell, owner of the Sandbox Daycare said, "We got our child in, but there were many who couldn't get a slot. And, they are good friends of us."

When you have folks in long lines over 60 or more hours, it creates a dangerous situation for all.

Geneva Police Dept. Chief Frankie Lindsey said, "We had people closing off the road, sleeping on mattresses out in front of the facility. It created a dangerous situation."

Several officials close to the pre-k enrollment hope that a lottery selection process can be used in the future.

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