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                 Wayne County Schools have launched a new wrap-around childcare program for the youngest learners on campus at Walker Early Learning Center. The enrichment program is offered to preschoolers who need either morning or afternoon childcare services, in conjunction with their half-day preschool schedule.

                The participants spend the entire day at Walker Early Learning Center, benefitting from all the daily services offered to preschool and kindergarten students. The program helps take each individual child to the next step, challenging them academically, creating a very personalized education. A certified teacher works with the children, along with other staff members in a safe and inviting classroom next to the Gifted Education Center, not far from their preschool color group classroom.

                “Our classroom is set up in centers based on the ECERS guidelines for preschool education,” said Wrap-Around Teacher Andrea Williams. “We are an extension of their regular preschool class. I create lessons along the same themes that they can do in small and large group settings.”

                While preschool classes are dismissed on Fridays, the wrap-around program is in session from 8:00 – 5:00 p.m. In addition, as a convenience for working parents, children can be dropped off as early as 7:00 a.m. at Walker Early Learning Center and then escorted to the wrap-around classroom.

                Studies show that wrap-around programs, like the newly instituted local program, provide students with more education, therefore gives them more information; which helps them to become more engaged, control their lives better, and this behavior even shows up in their adult health.

                There is a huge emphasis placed on preschoolers to become kindergarten-ready, so this personalized education program gives them an advantage in school. Wayne County School’s professional educators are anxious to provide interesting instruction, coupled with research based best practices to meet the needs of these young learners so they can be successful throughout their public education.

The cost of the Cardinal Kids Campus Too childcare program is $50, however, families can check with in case they are eligible for assistance. During prolonged vacation time when school is dismissed, the wrap-around students may attend the Cardinal Kids Campus Childcare Center at Monticello Elementary. 

                For more information on the program, contact Walker Early Learning Center at 348-4251 or Principal Angela Ballinger at

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