Increase in Pre-K Classes for Jackson-Madison County Schools
JACKSON, TN - The number of Jackson-Madison County Schools (JMCSS) Pre-K classes funded by the state will increase for the 2019-2020 school year. Voluntary Pre-K (VPK) state funding paid for sixteen classes during the 2018-2019 school year. The state has awarded JMCSS funding for two additional classes bringing the total VPK classes paid for with state funds to eighteen. "Research tells us that Pre-K is pivotal in students' future academic success which is why adding Pre-K classes has always been a priority." stated Dr. Eric Jones, JMCSS Superintendent. "With the state funding and pending the funding approval in our 2019-20 budget, we should be able to increase the number of total Pre-K classes across the district to twenty-five."
Annually, the district has to reapply for state funds through a competitive grant process. This year, the additional classes were awarded to JMCSS based on the quality indicators within the application, our utilziation rate, and our community need. In addition to the cost of salaries, the state funding will provide money for start-up costs such as: furnishings, curriculum, and instructional materials.
Mary Myers, Leader of Early Foundations for JMCSS said, "We are thrilled that we have been awarded these two additional classes. This award will allow us to serve 40 additional early learners within our community. It is so exciting that our Pre-K program is growing!"