By: Hollie Hojek firstname.lastname@example.org Kaitlyn Bourn is spending her Memorial Day Weekend making a splash at AquaVenutre water park in Norfolk, Nebraska. "You just play around here, you play in the waterMore>>
AquaVenture Water Park Opens Up in Norfolk, Nebraska. More>>
By: Hollie Hojek email@example.com For the 3rd Memorial Day Weekend in a row, the Girls of '68 celebrated and shared part of Sioux City's rich history. The local organization dedicated to keeping SiouxMore>>
Girls of '68 Share Story of Sioux City's First White Settler, Theodiphile Bruguier. More>>
By: Diana Johnsen firstname.lastname@example.org On Saturday, at Wal-Mart and the Southern Hills Mall in Sioux City, the Sioux City Police Department helped parents create "children identification kits". TheMore>>
On Saturday, at Wal-Mart and the Southern Hills Mall in Sioux City, the Sioux City Police Department helped parents create "children identification kits". More>>
By: Diana Johnsen email@example.com On your mark…get set...paddle! About 130 kayakers took to the Missouri River in the "3rd Annual South Dakota Kayak Challenge" on Saturday. "It's an opportunityMore>>
About 130 kayakers took to the Missouri River in the "3rd Annual South Dakota Kayak Challenge" on Saturday.More>>
By: Hollie Hojek firstname.lastname@example.org Rain, rain go away, come back and other weekend but this one. The rain in the forecast isn't ruining everyone's plan, but it is keeping some campers away. The sunMore>>
Siouxland Campgrounds Still Packing in the People Despite Poor Weekend WeatherMore>>
By: Tim Seaman email@example.com On Thursday, a pretty cool relay put on by law enforcement officers from across the state ran through central Iowa for the Special Olympics Torch Run. The event helpsMore>>
When the torch arrived Sioux City West sophomore JJ Reeg–Beckner had the honor of igniting the Special Olympic cauldron. Reeg-Beckner was selected from more than 2,500 athletes to finish the run.More>>
By: Channel 9 Eyewitness News (AP) About 110,300 South Dakotans are expected to travel over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, a slight decline from last year. AAA says that mirrors an expected dropMore>>
About 110,300 South Dakotans are expected to travel over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, a slight decline from last year.More>>
By: Channel 9 Eyewitness News (AP) Nebraska students showed improvement in this year's statewide writing proficiency test. Nebraska Education Commissioner Roger Breed announced Friday that 66 percentMore>>
Nebraska students showed improvement in this year's statewide writing proficiency test.
Nebraska Education Commissioner Roger Breed announced Friday that 66 percent of 8th graders met or exceeded state standards, a 2 percent increase over the previous year.More>>
By Channel 9 Eyewitness News firstname.lastname@example.org Iowa investigators say the discovery of blood of a missing 15-year-old girl has diminished hope of finding her alive. Bill Kietzman of the Iowa DivisionMore>>
15-year old Kathlynn Shepard went missing on Monday.More>>
By: Scott Larson email@example.com How comfortable do you feel strolling the streets in Sioux City? That's a question that the Blue Zones Project is asking. And today they brought in an expert toMore>>
Walkable and Livable Communities Institute's Dan Burden assists Sioux City & Blue Zones Project with working out more pedestrian friendly roads.More>>
Does more education early on make a difference down the road? Many experts along with the president say yes, but some of the money used to fund pre-schools could dry up if congress doesn't avoid budget cuts at the end of February.
President Obama proposed some significant increases for pre-school funding in his State of the Union Address. Currently, if you make 130% of the poverty line or less in income, you can acquire funding. But the president is now looking to raise that ceiling to 200% of the poverty line bringing more kids into pre-school classrooms. Teachers and administrative officials we spoke with say that any kind of increase in funding is welcome.
Pre-school is a time for arts and crafts, dancing, and having fun...but it's also a time to develop – both academically and socially. Building Blocks Pre-School Director Kristan Geary says, "If you talk to a kindergarten teacher, my guess would be that they're going to be able to tell you within the first couple days of school a child that has been in pre-school and a child that has not."
However, not every family can send their children to pre-school and many who do rely on outside funding. In fact, about two hundred low income families in Sioux City receive funds to enroll their kids in pre-school.
With looming budget cuts, President Obama is pushing hard to increase funding for pre-schools and programs like Head Start, which encourage early-childhood learning for ages four and under.
Something that Sioux City Pre–School Administrator, Kim Burrack, says would be of great help. "We use those funds to offer professional development. We also use those funds to hire certified teachers. We would be able to increase the number of students that we serve and add additional classrooms."
Kim says that while pre–school works well in acclimating kids to kindergarten, it's also important in setting up kids for success. "Not only for when they enter in kindergarten are they more prepared and ready to learn and have those skills they need. But later on in life they have shown that students, those students actually benefit later on in life with lower incarceration rates and better wages overall."