In 2002, the West Virginia Legislature passed legislation guaranteeing access to quality preschool programs for all four year olds by the 2012-2013 school year. The legislation mandates school districts collaborate with existing early childhood programs to provide these services. In fact, at least 50% of WV PRE-K classrooms must be housed in community settings.
Each year every school district in the state must submit a plan describing how it intends to continue phasing in the WV PRE-K program in their district. All early childhood providers in Wayne County are invited to participate in a collaborative planning process that takes place through the course of the year. A needs assessment is conducted annually to assess the current status of services within the county to four year olds and to determine what steps need to be taken to move the district toward full implementation of the WV PRE-K program. The result of the collaborative planning process is an annual plan that outlines program goals and activities and identifies the locations of county WV PRE-K classrooms ￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼for the coming year.