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President's Pre-School Proposal Would Mean $35 Million for Oklahoma

by Chris Casteel Published: June 4, 2013

Oklahoma would receive an estimated $35.5 million in the first year of President Barack Obama’s proposed Preschool for All program, according to administration figures released Tuesday.
The president championed preschool programs in his State of the Union address earlier this year and used Oklahoma as an example of a state providing leadership in early education.
Obama wants to spent $75 billion over the next ten years to help states provide preschool to children in low- to moderate-income families.
A fact sheet released Tuesday says:
_ Under the President’s proposal, Oklahoma is estimated to receive $35,500,000 in the first year it participates in the Preschool for All program. This funding, combined with an initial estimated state match of $3,500,000, would serve about 4,337 children from low- and moderate-income families in the first year of the program alone.
_ About 14,002 children in Oklahoma from birth to age three are currently served by the Child Care and Development Block Grant. Through Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships, more of these children will have access to high quality early care and education.
_ Oklahoma would receive an estimated $7.6 million for an expanded home visiting program that allows nurses, social workers, parent educators, and other professionals to connect families to services, supports, and tools that positively impact the health, development, and education of their children.


by Chris Casteel
Washington Bureau
Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. After covering the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City, he moved to Washington in 1990, where...
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