States Slash Pre-K Programs as Economy Falters
Associated Press ATLANTA – States are cutting hundreds of millions from their prekindergarten budgets, undermining years of working to help young children -- particularly poor children -- get ready for school.
States are slashing nearly $350 million from their pre-K programs by next year and more cuts are likely on the horizon once federal stimulus money dries up, according to the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University. The reductions mean fewer slots for children, teacher layoffs and even fewer services for needy families who can't afford high-quality private preschool programs....
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