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Pre-K Program Gets Cut in S. Fulton

The education of some young students is in jeopardy after the Southern Fulton School District did not receive funding for their pre-k program.

FULTON COUNTY, PA- The education of some young students is in jeopardy after the Southern Fulton School District did not receive funding for their pre-k program.

“You can't compensate for time lost in early childhood. You just can't,” said Hervey Hann, superintendent of the Southern Fulton School District.

As state funding for education decreases overall, an increasing number of districts are competing to get state-issued grants, like the "Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts" grant, to support their programs.

However, as more school districts apply for education grants, some schools are left with no funding for a pre-k program at all.

Because the district's pre-k services are specially designed to help prepare developmentally delayed students for kindergarten. Losing that one year of early education might have long-term consequences.

“Once they become kindergarteners, it may take two or three years, and then it's very difficult to catch up that one year that they are delayed,” said Hann.

Administrators are asking parents for input on possible alternatives for pre-k education services.

“We're exploring options, and I'd love to hear from them. So if they have some ideas or would like to share some information, please make sure they get in contact with the elementary school,” said Theresa Corle, principal of South Fulton Elementary School.

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