Between one- and two-thirds of students starting kindergarten at local schools aren’t ready for class their first day, and to better prepare children school officials want them enrolled in preschool programs.
But currently families have a lack of programs to choose from, especially farther south in the county, and a lack of preschools they can be sure are using state-approved lessons to help children learn, officials said.
Local families have about 50 preschool programs to choose from in Johnson County. But some school districts struggle to give parents recommendations on where their children should go.
For example, school officials at Nineveh-Hensley-Jackson have no preschools they can recommend within their school district, Superintendent Matt Prusiecki said.
In Franklin, Creekside Elementary principal Mark Heiden didn’t know of a local program he could recommend to parents until Johnson County Learning Centers began working with Franklin schools to provide preschool for local students.