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NORFOLK - From 2014 to 2019 in Norfolk, 18 percent of kids entered kindergarten with no preschool experience. Now it’s seven percent.

At the Norfolk Public Schools Board of Education meeting Monday night, Principal of Little Panthers Preschool Melissa Janz talked about the variety of early childhood programs and why early education matters.

Janz said they’ve really been trying to team up with child care centers and in-home daycares.

She said three big barriers they’ve been trying to address is after school care, transportation, and the waiting list.

"I have two three year old classrooms that offer morning and afternoon sessions. At capacity we can offer 60 slots and then we have 50 on our waiting list for three year old's. For our four year old's, we have eight classroom groups and each group is capped at 20. At capacity we have 10 slots and for this school year we had 25 on the waiting list."

Janz said early childhood education is very important as it helps kids when they get to kindergarten.

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