"Kids that have attended pre-k those students seem to see greater success earlier than those that do not Pre-K or don't have the background as far as the learning skills," said Michele Mathis, preschool teacher for Ozark City Schools.
It's only the second day of school for Mrs. Parks’ class so they're just learning the basic rules and procedures of how a classroom works. Something that's an important building block for later on when they begin to learn actual academic skills like reading and writing.
"We're teaching kids how to play and how to get along to where they have those skills when they start kindergarten instead of needing those skills as they're coming in to kindergarten," said Mathis.
Under the program guidelines, the class has twenty students or less and the students were chosen by lottery. It's evident they're happy to be there and parents are glad that their children get a head start on their education.