Shannon Lemons of Angels Childcare Academy says, "I think it helps a lot, as a parent, my child was behind in school because of her birthday coming late. Because of this program, it also would help them mature as well as grow and learn.”
The academy is a facility that takes in a handful of “Head Start” children in Dothan. She says she thinks pre-school is an important tool for students, and is thankful more are having the opportunity to enroll.
Jerrynetta Evans, the principal of “Head Start” pre-school, says, “We have received state funding for two pre-kindergarten state programs to serve an additional 36 children."
Principal Evans says extra funding has allowed for more parents to take advantage of the “Head Start” program.
Evans feels the program gives little ones a jump start for their future, and, she's not the only one.
Dell Goodwin, the Director of Personnel for Dothan City Schools, says, "It's very important for children to have that early head start in their education."
Goodwin says pre-school is a vital stepping stone in the students' young lives.
Goodwin also says, "It's hard to think that kindergarten children are not ready, but there are students that come to kindergarten that are already behind in their education, so it really helps those students that need to be given a head start."
Even though parents like Lemons did not have the opportunity to enroll their child in “Head Start,” it brings a smile to her face knowing other children now have the opportunity.
Principal Evans says she hopes to continue to receive funding for the program, to continue giving a brighter path for many young lives.
There is still open enrollment in the “Head Start” pre-school if you would like to enroll your child.