MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Cutting the ribbon and getting ready to open the doors, Prime time head start will soon be ready for three and four-year-old students..
"I am so elated that this finally opened up. I've been waiting seem like two years after the other I said it's going to finally happen. I'm going to be here and he's going to be here to learn plenty of stuff," says Viola Duncan who plans on sending her grandchild to Prime TIme.
In August, the former head start shut down because the Administration for Children and Families found them unfit to run the program. Prime Time took over and has been working since then to get the program ready once again.
"This is just the beginning. We had to get to this part to actually do the work and the work is having children in classrooms and serving families and the community. This signifies one step closer to that big dream," says Miranda Restovic, Prime TIme executive director.
She says this facility in Robinson Place is the first of several around Ouachita Parish that will educate low income children and their families.
"There's a need, but also we want to be able to maximize our enrollment. We have funding to serve 555 students, so we need enough facilities to be able to have enough classrooms to serve that many students," says Restovic.
Parents still have time to enroll students as the program will also open two other facilities in Monroe and one in West Monroe.
"It's designed to make sure that our children will start school ready to learn," says Stalanda Butcher, Director of Head Start.
Parents and guardians say they can't wait to bring their children because they know the program will be even better.
"This is going to be a Lamborghini one," says Duncan.