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Corbett seeks $10 million more for Pa. early education

By the Notebook on Jan 30, 2014 05:01 PM

by Mary Wilson for NewsWorks

Gov. Corbett plans to ask Pennsylvania lawmakers for a $10 million increase for early education grants in his budget address next week.

The proposal would amount to a 16 percent increase in funding for the state's Pre-K Counts program.

"Our Pre-K Counts programs consistently deliver high-quality pre-K education," Corbett said Thursday. "We're not talking just babysitting, we're talking care, we're talking about teaching, we're talking about nurturing."

Going into the fiscal year beginning in July, estimates show a deficit of more then $1 billion. But Corbett has given advance notice of a few other increases that he plans to request in his spending plan -- such as more assistance for abuse victims and initiatives serving those with intellectual disabilities.

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Comments (2)

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on January 31, 2014 9:54 am
election year anyone?
Submitted by Headstart Teacher (not verified) on January 31, 2014 9:09 am
Dont forget to include the highest quality SDP Head Start programs (NOT partners!!) that are actually in the schools that many children will transition to come kindergarten If you funnel this money to neighborhood daycares that claim to be high quality, well, you'll get babysiters with a high turnover. Invest it wisely and the payback will be evident!

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