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Officials Discuss Importance Of Pre-K At Bloomington Conference

Pre K

State and local officials met at Summit Elementary in Bloomington Friday to discuss the importance of educating children before they even start school. The Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County took the conference from a kindergarten classroom to a local daycare.

The organization met with local and state officials to present an analysis of preschool education in the county. President of the Community Foundation Tina Peterson touched on issues associated with affordable child care as well as finding qualified teachers.

"It is a huge issue right now, it's finding the qualified workers that can really support early learning in our community," Peterson says.

The Community Foundation works in partnership with the Monroe County School Corporation and United Way to form a coalition called Monroe Smart Start. The coalition provides early learning options for families and supports early learning programs like the daycare Jenny Dittfach runs out of her home.

“They’re doing a great job," says Dittfach, who owns Jenny's Place. "The Monroe smart start has helped me out tremendously, and the support I get from all of these people is great.”

The groups that fund Monroe Smart Start have already raised $1 million for early learning.

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