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Each Morgan County child has access to Pre-K

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

RELEASE 16-012

Based on the most recent announcement from the state and work completed over the past three school years by community and education partners, each child in Morgan County has access to voluntary Pre-K education.

The Decatur–Morgan County Chamber of Commerce’s Starting Strong Pre-K initiative – a partnership with State Rep. Terri Collins (R-Decatur), the Chamber Quality Education Committee, the Decatur/Morgan County Minority Development Association, the United Way of Morgan County, Community Action Partnership of North Alabama, Decatur and Hartselle City Schools, Morgan County Schools and the City of Decatur – celebrate Gov. Robert Bentley’s announcement about the awarding of three new First Class Pre-Kindergarten program classrooms to communities in Morgan County.

Three new classroom will be implemented in Morgan County:

• F.E. Burleson Elementary School (Hartselle City Schools)
• Priceville Elementary School (Morgan County Schools)
• Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, Decatur

“Each child in Morgan County having access to a Pre-K classroom assures our young people a jump start on their development in the classroom and in life,” said Mandy Price, the Chamber’s director of workforce development and education. “Studies continue to show children in Pre-K programs outperformed their counterparts who don’t participate in early education, and we want to equip future generations for both the workplace and to become engaged in the community.”

The 100 percent availability of Pre-K statistic, determined by the Office of School Readiness in Montgomery, is based on the percentage of children that choose to attend Pre-K in the community. With the addition of these three classrooms, Morgan County met that benchmark.

For more information or to get involved in the Quality Education Committee, contact Mandy Price, the Chamber’s director of workforce development, at (256) 353-5312.


The Chamber wishes to thank its Strategic Partners for their support.

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