EXTRA CREDIT: Waccamaw Elementary expands Child Development program

EXTRA CREDIT: Waccamaw Elementary expands Child Development program (Image 1)

PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. (WBTW)- Students apart of the Georgetown School district return to school Monday, August 26. This year five additional elementary schools will expand their four-year-old Child Development Program to a full day.

The teachers at Waccamaw Elementary school say they are looking forward to the change.

“We're very excited about the program and I think the extended day is going to allow us the time to meet the needs of all of our children more than adequately and have them prepared for Kindergarten,” Child Development teacher Ashley Maring said.

School administrators have been pushing for the program for a while now. Waccamaw Elementary Principal, Vervantine Reid, thanks the School District Superintendent for his support.

And thanks to that support, the district received about $900,000 in federal funding for the full-day program but the future of the classes remain to be decided.

“Well in this business we take one year at a time anyway, hopefully since we have it in place we'll be able to keep it in place, I would imagine the funding will probably be there next year, that's our hope,” Superintendent Randy Dozier said.

This year they have piloted a new curriculum to accompany the program and feel it will help them better meet the needs of the kids and prepare them to meet core requirements of Kindergarten.

There is currently 17 full day child development programs in Georgetown county.

Waccamaw elementary school currently has two child development classes and they are both at capacity with 20 students each.

The waiting list for the program is at seven students.

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