Jackson County providers have nearly doubled the anticipated capacity of preschool programs prompting a second enrollment period opens for On My Way Pre-K.
The Jackson County Education Coalition executive director Dan Hodge said that a second enrollment period for the On My Way Pre-K program will run through July 31. Jackson County is the only pilot county being offering a second enrollment period. Applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.
“This opportunity came about because the county has built more capacity than previously anticipated,” said Hodge. “We had anticipated 10 qualified high-quality providers with a capacity to serve 100 children by the start of the pilot program. With a lot of work from the Coalition and its partners the county will have 13 childcare providers with a capacity of serving almost 200 children.”
Over the next couple of weeks, Jackson County Education Coalition will coordinate efforts to get more children enrolled in the program. The Education Coalition will rely on this work being completed by the On My Way Pre-K Project Manager, Natasha Langford, and our other community partners and volunteers. For those qualified, we will have open enrollment over the next couple of weeks.
“All good things start with a great foundation. Opening up enrollment again will allow more of our children, to get that great foundation with the additional preschool opportunities” Hodge said.
The Jackson County Education Coalition is a partnership of education, business, and community leaders focused on aligning and integrating the county’s learning system with economic growth and a high quality of life. The goal of the Coalition is to provide programming to students Pre-K, K-12, post-secondary, and adult education – a “cradle-to-grave” approach.
To find out more about a Pre-K program near you, parents can contact the Education Coalition at 812-271-1123.