Originally created 04/22/00

Promotes private preschool



In the article in The Chronicle on April 12 regarding the lottery funded Pre-K program I feel the private sector was very unfairly represented.

A Child's World Childcare Learning Center operates 15 Pre-K classes at seven locations. We are funded and monitored by the same source as the school system. All our teachers meet the qualifications required by the Office of School Readiness and our classrooms have the same quality equipment and learning materials.

The article implied that Pre-K in the private sector would naturally be a second choice to the school system. Actually many working parents choose the private sector because of the quality care after Pre-K hours and during school holidays. Many parents have found that a Pre-K class located in a small, private facility that offers before-school, after-school and holiday care is the best choice for their child.

Debi Blankenbeckler, Augusta

(Editor's note: The author is pre-K project director of A Child's World.)