FORT WAYNE, Ind. - (WFFT) Fort Wayne Community Schools is making changes to some their pre-kindergarten programs in the district with the hope of giving more students a head start.
One of the changes includes switching Adams and Study Elementary pre-k program from half-day to full-day, something district officials believe the students are ready for.
"4 year olds are ready for a full day program. We will make sure it is age appropriate learning. There will be nap time built it. We like to call is rest time instead of nap time, to get they ready for the rest of the day they have ahead of them," said Hayler Sauer, the Elementary Education Director for FWCS.
It's not just district officials excited about the change to two full time pre-k programs, teachers at Study are excited as well.
Stacy Rensberry-Garner, one of the pre-k instructors FOX 55 spoke with today said, "right now our program is only about 2.5 hours and it's hard to get a lot of stuff done. So, I'm really excited about teaching more curriculum, especially in science and social studies, not just reading and writing all the time. So, I'm really looking forward to that."
Also starting next year, all 17 Title I pre-k programs within FWCS will be accepting students who receive voucher's from the state's On My Way Pre-K program, allowing students from around Allen County to get into a quality pre-k program according to the district's Title I manager Kimberly Brooks.
"There's research that shows that students that are in some form of quality, early childhood program, they enter kindergarten readier than children who do not," said Brooks.
Full-day Pre-K registration in FWCS beings on March 20th. Follow the link below for more information