WEBB, Ala. (WDHN) — State and local leaders toured a First Class Pre-K classroom Monday morning, just before lawmakers consider approving $25 million expansion for the program.
Since 2012, the program has taught students as young as four years old reading and math comprehension skills. Enrollment has grown from six to 32 percent, and Webb Elementary is one school that offers the program in Alabama.
$25 million in additional funding could help the program expand to 240 classrooms, totaling to 1300 classrooms statewide.
Sen. Donnie Chesteen feels this will put students on an accelerated track before they enter middle school.
“Their little minds are working, you know,” Chesteen said. “They’re creating things. Their attention span is really good for instruction.”
“They’re going to school,” mother Katherine Gavaller said. “They’re going to actual school and from 8 o’clock in the morning till 3 o’clock in the afternoon.”
Gavaller said the program has improved on her son’s development educationally and also socially.
“Every day he gets home, he tells me something new, and he says I did this and we did this,” she said. “I made friends with this person, and me and this person went somewhere, and it’s just been a blessing. This program has just been amazing in teaching them that and giving them that structure and giving them that jumpstart for what to expect for education so they can get used to the pattern of learning.”