PRE-K PRIMER: Walton County preschools accepting applications for 2013-2014 (with LIST)

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The parents and students at His Kids Daycare at First United Methodist Church made gingerbread houses before Christmas.

Michele Uhlfelder | Special to The Sun
Published: Monday, March 11, 2013 at 02:42 PM.

Did you know that a child learns more in the first five years than he will through the rest of his life? Whether you prefer a home school environment, a traditional classroom or a Montessori setting for a youngster, childhood education plays an essential role in future academic success.

In fact, research shows that young children who participate in early childhood education programs develop better language skills, score higher in school preparation tests and develop better social skills. Once the child enters primary school, according to the Florida Department of Early Learning, chances are she will have fewer behavioral problems and increase her chances of graduating from high school.

In the past 10 years, Walton County has blossomed from offering only a few preschool options to the now having six schools in South Walton andnine schools in North Walton.

Click here for a graphic listing of all area preschools. 

Many preschool programs plan to expand in the upcoming 2013-2014 school year to accommodate the growing number of young families joining the community.

“We are opening a brand new education center that has five classrooms to better serve our community needs,” says Lisa Brooks, the director of St. Rita Catholic Church Preschool.

Not only are classroom sizes expanding at almost every school, but so are enrichment programs. From foreign language lessons to special art classes, schools are aiming to enhance the traditional learning process for Walton County students.

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