This program is important to the districts because many kids go into school not knowing the English language.
LAREDO, TX (KGNS) - Webb County and Laredo Independent School District have teamed up over the years to offer better education to three and four year olds. Webb County head start said the program has been so successful, they hope it can soon expand.
The language barrier is predominant in border towns. About 60-percent of parents here in Laredo speak little to no English. So that means when their kids show up to school here at LISD, many of them do not know English.
"It's very important because the kids learn English at an earlier age. They are able to practice it a lot more and knowing their letters help them read at an earlier age too. It's just very important to them and their parents, who don't know a lot of English at home."
Griselda Madrigal-Sauceda teaches this class of four and five year olds at J.C Martin Elementary. She's one of three teachers in the classroom. One of the benefits of having this partnership is more resources. There are three teachers in this classroom, for twenty students.
"We believe kids get a good foundation in reading, writing, math, to really embrace the English language and learn all their letters and their sounds. It's just critical to the instructional expectations we have in our school district."
These students go through a daily routine, learning numbers, letters and even songs to help them learn words and pronunciations.