"I've had some bad times been very fortunate that she was able to go to the preschool program,” said Jen Mafua whose daughter has been awarded a preschool scholarship.
Mafua's 3-year-old daughter is among 600 kids able to benefit from the preschool program. Back in July the Salt Lake County Council unanimously approved Mayor Ben McAdams initiative to expand a one year preschool program with $350,000 for 83 different classrooms.
"We know that kids that start behind in kindergarten they tend to stay behind and it costs a lot more money to remediate and bring kids up to speed,” said Brenda Van Gorder, Granite School District Preschool Services Director.
Now, by providing a preschool education to 600 economically disadvantaged children they are being given a jumpstart on their education.
“It means they will start kindergarten in the same place as their peers who don't have similar disadvantages,” said Mayor McAdams.
"It’s a very big blessing I'm glad she's able to go to school right now,” Said Mafua.