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By Ryan Houston - bio | email

ALBANY,  GA (WALB) –New grants for the Dougherty County School System's Pre-K program will improve education. Their mission is to better prepare students for the next learning environment. They received a total of three different grants.

The grants will add new staff and materials to help students succeed. With a little elbow grease this will look like a new classroom. "Right now it's being painted and all the scrapings are coming off the wall. It's going to look like a new classroom," said Pre-K Director Gloria Kendall. 

This expansion program is made possible by Georgia Lottery Dollars."We have been awarded another classroom of 20 students, and we'll hire one new teacher," said Kendall. 

How does it help current students? "This will not only help the Pre-K program, but also the Dougherty County School System. It'll also help with transitioning the students from Pre-K and elementary," said Kendall. 

Transitions that will be a lot smoother thanks to those funds. "The Transitions Coach will help the child successfully complete the transition from Pre-K to elementary or daycare to Pre-K," said Kendall.

Are there benefits for students who actually attend Pre-K? "Studies have shown that early brain development is very important. It's also important that kids start off on an equal playing field in school," said Kendall.  

Even though the improvements are small, educators feel like they're headed in the right direction. "There is a lot of improvements needed in our school district, but we're working on it. We're taking one day at a time," said Kendall.

Better educated kids means a better future for the students and our community. The new class will begin right after Fall Break.

Applications are being accepted for the teacher positions. Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education.

The Dougherty County School System Pre-K program celebrated a milestone last year when they reached a goal of serving one million students since the program's inception .

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