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Aug 13, 2014 9:29 AM by Edna Cortinas- ecortinas@kristv.com

New Early Learning Academy at Taft ISD

TAFT - Taft ISD is making it easier for teachers and staff with young children to head off to work.

The Early Learning Academy is the first of it's kind for Taft ISD and employees.

It will consist of four classrooms where children ages 6 weeks to four years old will be taught.

In just a few days, 10 week old Abigail, will start school at Taft ISD.

She will be a part of the Early Learning Academy, a new daycare for the children of employees who work at Taft ISD.

Abigail will be down the hall from her mom's third grade classroom at Petty Elementary, making her mom, Jennifer Grote, feel better than before.

"It was just nervous knowing that the daycare she would be at would be 45 minutes away and if anything were to happen or even my schedule here at Taft sometimes it would be late in the evening when I'd go pick her up and just I would have less time with her," said Grote.

The daycare idea came from administration who wanted to attract, recruit, and retain the best teachers from around the Coastal Bend, especially if staff had young children and drove in from the around the area.

"By being able to drive over with your child, work here, and know they're in the same building or the same town and then pick them up it kind of eases their mind," said Stephany Robertson, Early Learning Academy Director.

Administration used some creativity to find funds and with the school board's approval the idea began to take shape, now in just a few days it will become reality.

"We want the program to be the one that everybody in South Texas wants their children in, their young children, and so we feel like it's going to be a huge opportunity for anybody who wants to come work in Taft to bring their children and experience this academy," said Nugget Cunningham, Assistant Superintendent for Taft ISD.

Which makes teachers, like Megan Stewart, who's three year old son will attend the academy, more productive with their own students.

"I can relax and really focus in on my students and know he's well taken care of by a great staff here as well," said Stewart.

Employees do pay a competitive rate for their child's enrollment in the academy which is taken out of their paychecks and the Ages and Stages curriculum will be followed by the certified academy staff.

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