Private early-education group lobbies lawmakers for funds
Published: October 16,2012
JACKSON — A private group is asking the state for $5 million to continue efforts to improve childcare and education for preschool children.
Mississippi Building Blocks works to make preschoolers ready for kindergarten by training preschool teachers and helping child care operators.
The group has used $7 million in private money to run its program for four years, but says it’s time for the state to contribute public funds. Pointing to a University of Missouri study showing its work provides a boost in school readiness, Mississippi Building Blocks leaders urged lawmakers an a news conference today to approve funding.
Mississippi currently spends state money to match federal grants subsidizing childcare for poor children. Besides Building Blocks, the state Department of Education is also seeking $2.5 million for its own program.
To sign up for Mississippi Business Daily Updates, click here.
FOLLOW THE MBJ ON TWITTERMy Tweets
Top Posts & Pages
- UMMC reaching out after death of high school football player
- MDOT: Work on I-269 is on schedule, several phases at halfway point
- Margaritaville owner files for bankruptcy before landlord hearing
- City leaders vote against offering insurance to one adult, possibly same-sex partner
- Delta Council says condition of Highway 6 'of crisis dimensions'
- Severstal completes the sale of Columbus plant to Steel Dynamics
- Another marker going up on Mississippi Country Music Trail
- Researchers fly drone into hurricane for the first time
- House votes for transfer of Yellow Creek Port land to state