There is a new statewide pre-school eligbility for the children that will be entering in the 2015-16 year.
For many other counties this would affect the enrollment of students into the programs but Lee County SSchool Superintendent Mark Carter stated that where Lee has combined thei pre school program with Head Start that there Lee County may not be as affected.
The blended pre school and head start programs, the new requirements are based on skills assessment and finances, with those children having the lowest scores filling in empty slots. Before the eligibility of the four-year olds was based on basic needs.
Carter also stated that fewer pre-k teachers would be affected and some may be rerouted to other areas of teaching.