Chamber Supports Pre-K Initiative
The Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce is trying to raise public awareness about the need for pre-kindergarten education in the county.
On Monday, April 4th, The Quality Education Committee of One Voice, One Vision, One Morgan County held a press conference to unveil a checklist of skills needed for a child to have a successful start in kindergarten.
This initiative is a collaboration of the Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce, Calhoun Community College, Community Action Partnership of North Alabama, Decatur City Schools, Decatur City Schools Foundation, Decatur Heritage Christian Academy, Decatur Public Library, Hartselle City Schools, Morgan County Schools and St. Ann Catholic School.
The Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce sites the Pew Center on the States research findings that high quality Pre-K education leads to better success in school and life. Jim Page, Vice President of Public Policy and Business Development at the Decatur-Morgan County Chamber, talked about the possibility of reducing the prison population and the dropout rate, if local children are properly educated.
Decatur and Morgan County businesses identified the need to increase the education level of the population long ago. A study showed that one in five children is reading impaired by the time that they are in the 4th grade. A contributing factor to those study findings is the lack of funding and classroom space. The Quality Education Committee plans to address these issues as well.
Decatur and Morgan County businesses and the Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce are working to maximize family, business and community involvement to increase student success.