2/15/17by News Department on 02/15/17
New budget plan...
Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf is trying to make the case for one of the biggest increases in his new budget plan, nearly 40 percent more for early childhood education programs.
Wolf says such programs pay huge dividends for children later in school and life.
The Governor’s office says the extra $75 million he's seeking would allow more than 8,400 3- and 4-year-olds to enroll in high-quality pre-kindergarten programs that are subsidized for lower-income families.
Qualifying programs must meet guidelines for curriculum, teacher training, nutrition and class size.
About one-fifth of the estimated 300,000 3- and 4-year-olds in Pennsylvania are in a subsidized pre-kindergarten program.