Pre-school program gives students head start

Pre-school program gives students head start

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by ANN SHERIDAN / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on September 11, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 11 at 7:40 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Hidden Valley Elementary School has a new group of students this year, smaller than kindergartners, but still eager to learn.

Hidden Valley teachers Courntney Montgomery and Anne Barbee are determined to help this newest group of pre-school children. They're teaching two new classes and are confident pre-school will help their students make a successful transition to kindergarten.

"You wouldn't believe how much it helps kids and families. You get kids ready and excited to come in and to learn,” said Barbee.

Hidden Valley Principal Tisha Greene asked the district for the extra classes in her school.

“They come in knowing their alphabet.  They can count. They have social skills that other students who aren’t in pre-school or Bright Beginnings don’t come in with.  It gives them a head start with kindergarten,” said Greene.

“I wish every child could do it.  It does nothing but build them up,” said Barbee.

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