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Childcare center brings more Pre-K programs

Photo by Johnny Jackson 
Ennette Cahill, director of Childcare Network Center #184 in McDonough, tidies up one of the center's infant-care classrooms.

Photo by Johnny Jackson Ennette Cahill, director of Childcare Network Center #184 in McDonough, tidies up one of the center's infant-care classrooms.

By Johnny Jackson

jjackson@henryherald.com

Childcare Network Center #184 has seen a steady trickle of interested parents this summer. The early-learning, childcare facility, located at 689 Jonesboro Road in McDonough, is planning an official opening Monday, according to Lisa Padgett, metro Atlanta district manager for the Columbus, Ga.,-based Childcare Network.

Padgett said the center is the network's first in Henry County. There are facilities in Spalding, Rockdale, DeKalb, Butts, and Clayton counties, but Henry has been "under-served," with Georgia Pre-K programs, according to Padgett.

She said the center will open with three state Pre-K-funded classrooms. So far, about 40 youngsters have enrolled, she added.

The number of Georgia Pre-K classes available in Henry County continues to grow, according to Stacey Moore, public relations director for Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning.

"As of [Friday], Henry County has received a total of 12 additional Pre-K classes for 2010," Moore said. "This is in addition to the 75 classes previously funded."

Childcare Network Center #184 reported an enrollment of 21 children in its private, early childhood, education program. "We're meeting the children where they are [academically and skills-wise]," said Ennette Cahill, director of the center.

Cahill said the center will open next week as a full-service childcare facility, with 10 different, age-appropriate classes, including two private Pre-K3 classes, one private Pre-K4 class, as well as its three state Pre-K4-funded classes.

The McDonough facility has a capacity for about 200 youngsters, and offers 10 academic classes for children between six weeks and 4 years old, according to the center director. She said it will use the HighReach Learning and the Pre-K4 Passports Program curriculums, which were developed by the HighReach Learning Division of Carson Dellosa Publishing, LLC, in Greensboro, N.C.

The center, she noted, will offer after-care and before-care for children, ages 5-12, providing transportation to, and from, local schools, which feed into the Henry County High School district.

The facility's schedule, she added, will mirror that of the Henry County School System, and will offer childcare services during the school system's seasonal breaks.

Cahill said the early childhood education center plans to host an open house today, between 11 a.m., and 2 p.m. To learn more about the Childcare Network Center, call (770) 302-0300, or visit www.childcarenetwork.net.