ADVERTISEMENT
Graves School District to Start Daycare Program
By West Kentucky Star Staff
GRAVES COUNTY, KY - The Graves County Board of Education held its March business meeting Thursday evening where the board unanimously approved establishing a daycare program.

The Early Eagle Academy Child Care program will be available to families with children younger than school age on a tuition basis with plans to open for the 2017-18 school year in August. The project still is in its planning stages. The district is not taking applications at this time. However, administrators will announce application and other details as the program unfolds in coming weeks.

Superintendent Kim Dublin late Friday morning said, "What a tremendous response we already have gotten from people interested in our tuition-based child care at five of our schools, starting this fall! I know that our principals and many others in our district are getting questions about the Early Eagle Academy Child Care program. I know that, because I'm getting those questions, too!"

 Dublin explained, "We were not in a position to plan logistics until the board approved the program. We're pleased that the 5-0 vote indicates the entire board's support! So, now we make concrete plans! Melissa Bazzell will lead the program. She has extensive education and experience in early childhood learning. She and I will meet next week to organize the process. We will do our best to address the major questions people have been asking last night and this morning."

 The superintendent noted, "Primarily, people want to know about enrolling their children in day care and several adults are  interested in employment. Our goal is to provide answers to those questions, establishing an application process for both. We expect to have answers by mid- to late April. Meanwhile, we are grateful for the overwhelming interest!"

Both the daily hours and number of days will be longer than the school day and school calendar That helps meet the needs of many working parents, according to Melissa Bazzell, the Graves County Schools early childhood learning specialist. The curriculum will help prepare children for school. The school district will adhere to licensing and regulation, as other child care programs do.

Bazzell told the board that among the 2,450 children aged birth to 5 years currently living in Graves County, established child care facilities only meet 23 percent of the need. She explained that funding changes have caused several facilities in Graves County to close in recent years, leaving a void.

The Early Eagle Academy Child Care program initially will serve between 120 and 150 children. It will occupy unused rooms at Fancy Farm, Farmington, Symsonia, and Wingo elementary schools as well as Graves County Middle School.  

 


Published 06:30 AM, Friday Mar. 17, 2017
Updated 03:08 PM, Friday Mar. 17, 2017

Please login to leave a comment.
  • View Comment
    View (11) Comments

Weather

Paducah, KY and Surrounding Area:

Today:

H: 74° L: 49°
Sunny
Currently:

70°
Clear


View 7-Day Forecast
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Video