Information will aid parents in making choices

Franklin parents who don’t think they can afford preschool or who believe students’ learning starts in elementary school are going to get some help and information to change their minds.

About 63 percent of students who began kindergarten in Franklin this year weren’t prepared for class, meaning they didn’t recognize letters or numbers or were unable to hold a pencil or use scissors, Johnson County Learning Centers director Dawn Underwood said.

Because the economy has been stagnant for nearly five years, many families in Franklin are worried they can’t afford the cost of daycare, Underwood said.

To help those families, Johnson County Learning Centers opened preschools at Webb and East Side Elementary schools in Franklin and Edinburgh, which serve a total of 120 students, including 20 students from low-income Franklin families who are attending for free. The preschool program at Webb is expected to continue and could expand next year, but specific decisions about that as well as whether Johnson County Learning Centers’ program will continue at East Side haven’t been made, Underwood said.

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