New Pinellas County Pre-K program offers teens less expensive child care education

Posted at 4:18 AM, Sep 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-01 06:56:35-04

Cheaper Pre-K child care and flexible hours. What parent doesn't love that?

Taking care of little ones is a full time job but what working parent has time for that?

"Nine-to-five is the typical job, but the parents who work earlier than nine to five, they open up at 6:45," said Garius Goshay who drops his son Gavin off at 8 a.m. "Keyword was affordable, and available."

It is what convinced him to leave their old pre-school and come to largo Little Packers inside Largo High School, which costs $100 a week and is open from 6:45 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.

"Oh it's probably half the price," said Marcus Paschal, who brings his son here Monday through Friday.

Paschal is a former NFL player turned high school coach, he says it's also really convenient.

"Coming first thing in the morning and being that I have my practice right after school, it gives me an opportunity to leave, go to practice, and then walk back up on campus and pick Maison up," he said.

It is also offering up real life experience for high school kids who want to work with children in the future. After graduating, they receive a state-required certificate allowing them to get a job in child care right away.

"To have them gain that experience before college and in high school hopefully will encourage more kids to be involved in education," said Goshay.

And let us not forget how fun it is for kids like Ava.

"I like to learning stuff," explained Ava as she read off her ABC's. Ava is only 3 years old.

Right now the program still has slots available. Registration is $50. For more information on how to sign up click here.