Some local youngsters are prepping for careers thanks to a state grant. Nearly 40 kids are getting a jump start on learning under the Peoria Regional Office of Education summer preschool program.
"Research shows that if you can get a high quality early childhood education you are ready for kindergarten and that matters. We want you to be ready to go, ready to grow, ready to learn and that will make all the difference," said Peoria County Regional Superintendent Beth Crider.
Beth Crider said they're able to offer the "Pre-School for All program over the summer thanks to a $600,000. grant from the Illinois Education Department. The Regional Office of Education is using space for the pre-school program at St. Paul Baptist Church.
"We want to partner with different organizations and agencies that are trying to make life better in the Peoria area. So when we found out that there was a possibility of pre-school that would be free to kids from the community we thought we would love to be able to help," said St. Paul Baptist Church Family Life Coordinator Kristie Hubbard.
The pre-school program is free to eligible families.
"We can serve families that are at risk for a variety of reasons but income is probably the main reason families qualify for our program and there's a need throughout Peoria County," said Regional Office of Education spokesperson Kim Glow.
The preschool program began last month and continues through August 3rd.