About 300 students are enrolled in those classes this year. One hundred more are on the waiting list which could be closer to 200 by the end of the year.
It's something the principal of Champaign's Early Childhood Center says she's hoping will change. They used to have about 100 more students enrolled, but then, state budget cuts came.
Students still fill the building with about 17 kids per class, but the principal says they'd try to bring in more kids if the state gave them funding for it. They'd have no problem filling any new openings.
Research shows if students aren't reading by third grade, they'll probably struggle through the rest of their education. It's just another reason to start with a good foundation and build on it.
Whether kids are in a program or not, school leaders say it's important for parents to be involved. You can read with your kids and help get them ready for kindergarten.
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