WEST POINT — Getting a head start on a child’s education can lead to a higher chance at success in life, according to data shared by board members with the Chattahoochee Early Learning Academy in West Point.

Dr. Lacey Southerland enlightened members of the West Point Lions Club Wednesday about the new early childhood education center geared toward three-year-old children.

This is the first year of the early education center, and it plans to foster a child’s development through a play-based approach. Southerland said that play-based approaches make the students want to be in the classroom rather than something they feel they have to do.

She said the center focuses heavily on literacy because data shows that if students are literate by third grade, they

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