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Award-winning preschool finds a new home for fall
Budget cuts threatened Grace Covenant
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While most tots are learning their ABCs and words like "potty," Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church preschoolers are learning words like "budget cut."

Due to budget constraints at the church where Grace Covenant Preschool is currently housed, it was scheduled to close its doors next month. But an angel came to their rescue - Trinity Baptist Church - and now the school will have a new home come this fall.

"While God was closing this door, I knew he had to be opening a window somewhere else," said Beth Young, the school director.

The downturn of the economy coupled with a decrease in membership prompted the executive board to close the school. Grace's executive board told the school that May would mark its last month at the church. Young rallied teachers and parents to help find the preschool a new home. Some parents told Young about Trinity, and they were able to work out an agreement with the church.

The students will start school in August. The school will move five miles away to 301 Honey Creek Road, Conyers.

The pre-school, which will turn 20 years old in September, has served approximately 3,000 children since it was founded in 1989. The school has roughly 60 students currently.

The school features an award-winning curriculum and engaging electives for toddlers aged 15 months to 4 years old, such as Bible story time, live music class and computer lab lessons operated by parent volunteers.

The school has been recognized as an Outstanding Preschool by the Georgia Preschool Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of quality education standards for children ages 8 and under.

"We are led by God to teach and love these children. We strive for excellence, and we are very excited and cognizant of God's blessing," said Young.

In addition to the move there will be another change: Young, who has served as director for nearly 20 years, is stepping down. She plans to continue teaching music classes on Wednesdays as she has always done.