Formed in 1974 as a one-day-a-week preschool for low-income 3- and 4-year-olds, Wonderful Days Preschool, Inc. (WDP), has evolved to a five-days-a-week facility dedicated to 4-year-olds from at-risk families. The school runs a half-day program from September through May.
WDP is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, tuition-free preschool serving Cobb County in Marietta, Georgia. The children receive two essential meals a day, bus transportation, and an academic/social education. The schools goal is to provide an outstanding preschool experience that readies children for kindergarten by placing them on equal footing with their peers. We do what we can to make sure they get off to a good start in school, stated Carol Seigrist, executive director for the school.
Two classrooms are filled with approximately 30 students, most of whom speak very little English or English as their second language. Teachers introduce a literacy-based curriculum to the children, focusing on math readiness, language arts, English, computer skills, and science readiness. The classes also work on social skills and have field trips to broaden their horizons.
WDP operates solely on grants, donations, and private funding. Subaru of America Foundation funds grants that provide scholarships to students, enabling them to attend the school.
All students are chosen based on Federal Income Eligibility, with those needing transportation chosen first. Each year there is a waiting list for enrollment. It has always been a very popular program and one that was really needed in the community, which is still the case, said Seigrist.
Our dream is to one day have funding to have a 3-year-old class and to reach these children just a little earlier, because theres not much for 3-year-olds in this area, and we get calls nearly every day from families who are looking for a place, concluded Seigrist.