PANEL RECOMMENDS EXPANDING ELIGIBILITY
The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence emphasizes that early childhood education is the method to improve the entire educational system in Kentucky.
That's why a panel of education leaders recommends that pre-kindergarten should be expanded to include children 3 and 4 years old whose families live at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level. The state's current preschool program serves 4-year-old children whose families live below 150 percent of poverty level, and children ages 3 and 4 with disabilities.
"Investing in a child's early years is the smartest way Kentucky can improve education for all and head off problems in the future," executive director Robert Sexton said. "It's time to take the next step: quality, voluntary preschool for all who want it, and improved and adequately funded early childhood programs for families and children." ...
This from the Herald-Leader.