Dale Co. school will benefit from First Class Pre-K Program

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MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (WTVY) - A handful of schools in Dothan and Houston County are benefiting from the "First Class Pre-K Program."

It's a grant that offers school's a classroom to prepare four-year-olds for kindergarten. Now, Dale County is getting their first pre-k program!

Midland City Elementary School has a student body of around 420 students, but now they're clearing some space to add a pre-kindergarten classroom this January.

"We have been working really hard to get our classroom ready for our pre-k program,” said Principal Lisa Littlefield.

The $150,000 grant comes from the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education to start a First Class Pre-K Program. Littlefield says there aren't many pre-school's in the area. There was a Headstart in Midland City, but it was moved to Ozark. Bringing a pre-school to Midland City Elementary School is a big deal for the area.

"We have a community that is really going to enjoy having a pre-k program,” added Littlefield. “It helps prepare our students for our school, I'm very excited!”

Midland City's first pre-k classroom will be made up of just 16 students. Parents can apply online at http://alpreK.education/A and use the site code: 826P2139PDG.

Students will be chosen by lottery and all children must be zoned for Midland City Elementary School. To apply in person, you can visit MCES December 4th-8th from 8:30-2:30 pm.

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