Richland One: Pre-K enrollment deadline nears, numbers low

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The countdown to the last day of school is on, but Richland One School District officials are asking parents of prospective 4-year-old pre-K students to look ahead to next year.

School district officials say the enrollment deadline for pre-K is May 30, and current enrollment numbers across the district are low.

"I don't know what we've done differently in the past," said Gina Carter, Richland One's Pre-K consultant. "We've still put our posters out, we've still been on the radio, but for some reason our parents aren't coming out."

However, Carter says it is important parents enroll now because pre-K is not required by law and they have to know how many children will be in each class long before August rolls around.

At Webber Elementary in Eastover, enrollment numbers for next year are a little more than half of what they are now.

"I just talked to Mrs. Miller, [a pre-K teacher at Webber], and we only have 20 children enrolled," said Carter. "There are two classrooms here. With 20 children enrolled in good consciousness, you can't really have that other classroom open. It would be a shame for parents to come out in August, and find out they don't have a spot for their children."

Four year-old pre-K is available to families who meet federal guidelines for free and reduced lunches.

If you want more information about the program, or to enroll before the May 30 deadline call (803) 231-6709.

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