New full day pre k classrooms and other classes for young children are expanding as preschool education was boosted by grants recently in Columbus City Schools.
The new grants from both the state and city total $1.54 million. This will enable Columbus City to expand the number of preschoolers taught by 25 percent.
The classes are free to parents. The total number of preschoolers served is almost 1,000. Currently there is an 800 student waiting list. The classes are being filled from that list.
“Some of our parents like half-day programs, so some of our centers run two half days instead of running a full day,” said Rhonda Johnson, the city’s education director. “It depends on what the parent prefers and the needs of kids. It varies, but our program pays for full day.”