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WAKE SCHOOL OFFICIALS PUSH EXPANSION OF PRESCHOOL SERVICES

Wake school officials push expansion of preschool services Preschool hasn’t just been getting Ryan Elstob ready for kindergarten, it’s been a life-changing experience for him and his family.

Ryan, who has a genetic disorder affecting his development, is in his second year at a prekindergarten program for special-education students at Hilburn Academy in North Raleigh. He’s accomplished milestones such as being able to use a walker, verbalizing his thoughts and interacting with other children, according to his mother, Johnna Elstob.

“He’s definitely made great progress,” she said. “He wouldn’t have made the gains without this program.”

Ryan is among the 2,075 students in prekindergarten programs run by the Wake County school system. School administrators hope to get additional funding from the Wake County Board of Commissioners to expand the number of children receiving prekindergarten services.

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Raleigh News & Observer