Pre-K program at A.C. Moore has few spots open for program

Published 3:38 pm Wednesday, August 17, 2022

The Pre-K program at A.C. Moore Elementary School has a few slots left, according to officials.

Students who live in Escambia County, Ala. can enroll in the program.

Eric Andrews, former principal at W.S. Neal Elementary, who is now the attendance and counseling supervisor, said the program that gets kids ready for kindergarten.

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“The early years are more crucial. If you can get a child in the right program, they get into a routine,” Andrews said in a release. “When you develop children that early, students will be more successful. At that age, they can absorb 95 percent of what is taught.”

Susan Yeszkonis, a Pre-K teacher who has been dealing with little ones since the eighties, said learning the basic rules of behavior makes it easier for teachers in future years.

“It’s a foundation that every child can grow on. They learn when to sit, when to play, how to wait their turn, how to wait in line,” Yeszkonis said. “Pre-K instruction molds them for the future. They are innocent and loveable, like a first lump of clay.”

The program is mostly paid for through state and federal funding. Parents drop off their children between 7:45 and 8 in the morning, and pick them up at 2:30. Students get breakfast and lunch along with a nap as well as time in the new outdoor playground. The students learn shapes, colors, make friends and by the end of the year should be able to write their name.

Kids also learn about careers by dressing up as a police officer, firefighter, doctor and other professions.

Secondary Supervisor Jason Weeks knows the value of Pre-K education since his wife is a kindergarten teacher.

“It allows the teacher to raise the rigor of the class sooner if they already know the rules,” Weeks said.

Parents who want to enroll their child may contact the school at 251-368-4245.