Memphis Parents Scrambling for Pre-K Alternatives

Memphis Parents Scrambling for Pre-K Alternatives

The City of Memphis is fighting to keep Pre-K programs in city schools. Because of recent federal budget cuts, the program is being slashed in many schools.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - The City of Memphis is fighting to keep Pre-K programs in city schools. Because of recent federal budget cuts, the program is being slashed in many schools.

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton stated, "I'll say this from my days as [Shelby] County mayor, where we had Head Start and Books from Birth, any investment we make in Pre-K will be well worth it in terms of juvenile delinquency, teen pregnancy, all of that."

82 classes will be cut as Shelby County loses about $8 million for its Pre-K program. Since the classes were offered for free, the cuts will hit poor families the hardest. Now parents are scrambling to get their children in other Pre-K programs at minimal costs.

Kenya Cervetti is over the Breath of Life Preparatory School. Its Pre-K program is funded primarily by private donors.

"We only have 11 spaces available in our Pre-K 4 class, nine in our Pre-K 3 class. So we're filling up rather quickly," she said. "However we're definitely wanting and willing to accept those families who want the best possible start for their children."

Mayor Wharton is still considering a sales tax increase to pay for Pre-K programs.

"If federal government doesn't do it, we as a local government need to find a way to do it," he said.

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