Shimekia Nichols wanted to be prepared for her son’s early childhood education, so she started researching well before her son was old enough, even for preschool. She says that early start gave her time to recognize the realities of her options.
“I was getting nervous after looking for more than a year for educational avenues,” she recalls. “There were childcare and daycare facilities, but I wasn’t comfortable with them or convinced they had the level of academic expectations I was looking for.” Nichols recognized the rate at which her child’s brain was growing, even just engaging with her at home. “By the time he was 2, I was frustrated and disappointed in the community for not having quality education options.”
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