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Journey Church adds full day pre-school program

MEGAN CECIL, left, will be the teacher at Journey Church's first full-day pre-school class, which is open to four-year-olds. On her lap is her daughter, Ellie. On the lap of Journey pre-school director Joni Edester is Cecil's son, Raylan, who'll be one of the 12 students in the class. (Photo by John McGary)

When school resumes next month, area parents will have another place to send their young children for a full day of pre-school: Journey Church. Journey, which until last April was known as Woodford Community Christian Church, has offered part-day classes for years, according to pre-school director Joni Edester. Those classes, for children age three to five, will continue, she said. The full-day class, which is for four-year-olds, will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., with before-care beginning at 7:30 a.m. and after-care lasting until 5:30 p.m. Students will be taught with the Abeka curriculum, which Edester said was developed at Pensacola Christian College, and the class is state-certified. Bible stories will also be a part of the classes, Edester said. "We just kind of blend that in to the whole day, especially with the interaction with children - teaching them to be kind, teaching them to share ..." Edester said. "Also, the socialization ... because some of the children have not been in situations where there are other children involved, so socialization is that 'The world doesn't revolve around me after all. All the toys are not mine ...'" Imparting such lessons will be Megan Cecil, 28. She has a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Asbury University and student-teaching experience, but said she's been a stay-at-home mom with her two young children since graduating. "We're going to be teaching them the Bible and a little math and phonics and some spelling, and there are the specials, which include music and art and Spanish and gym," said Cecil. Asked if she was nervous, she laughed and said yes - because she'd never done a newspaper interview. After an explanation that the question was about her first full-time teaching position and a few more laughs, she said, "I am nervous, but I'm more excited than I am nervous. I think after the first few days or few weeks after the kids are adjusted and we're adjusted, it'll be really good." Cecil, a Florence native, moved to Versailles five years ago with her husband, Matthew, whom she met while attending the University of Kentucky. The full-day class has slots for 12 children, Edester said, with eight already registered and another expected to. The cost is $500 per month, and students do not need to be Journey Church attendees. "We are just very thankful to be able to offer this to the community, because we know there are so many families that do work," Edester said, adding that full-day classes for younger children may be available next year. "What we love to do is make an invisible God visible to these children," Edester said. The first day of class is Aug. 24. To find out more about Journey Church's full or part-day pre-school classes, call (859) 873-0288.

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