Frederick County Board of Supervisors vote 4-3 to keep county schools' preschool programs

Educators, parents and residents stress importance of early childhood education

WINCHESTER, Va. - A new division of a preschool program was the topic of discussion at the Frederick County, Va. Board of Supervisors meeting Wednesday. 

The program, which started two months ago, was the result of a VPI Plus grant the school system received.

Two weeks ago, the board voted not to appropriate the $502,499 needed to continue the program due to fears of what would happen when the grant expired.  

Educators, parents and residents pulled together to challenge their decision stressing the importance of early childhood education and the board voted 4-3 in favor of keeping the preschool program. 

"We want to finish the year, and we want to see how the children have benefited. We're collecting data on lots of different things. We'll look at that at the end of this year, and we know that the grant is for two years. We'll look at it again for next year," Angie White, FCPS.

Supporters of the program said it should continue as long as the grant funds are available, especially since the program isn't being paid for with tax dollars. 

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