State To Dedicate $270 Million To Pre-School Education

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (CBS) — Education experts say money for the youngest kids can pay off in the long run.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Dave Dahl reports, $270 million in state funding is going to ward early-childhood education in Illinois.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Dave Dahl reports

“What we’re announcing is the state-funded early childhood block grants that will allow roughly 458 districts in other areas to provide state-sponsored pre-school for students 3 to 4 years old, to give them that early extra edge to go to school,” said Illinois State Board of Education spokesman Matt Vanover.

Research indicates kids who are academically at risk are from lower-income households.
Vanover says those children are exactly the ones the funding will help.

  • tom Sharp

    This sounds like more baby sitting services for people who have no business having children. The fact that the state is broke makes it even more stupid.

    • Jim

      You nailed it! My wife is a pre-school teacher and it’s sickening when parents drop off their kids for 11 hours while they sit at home!

  • Citizen of Chicago

    Enough is enough of the free benefits. We taxpayers are sick and tired of giving away the store to those who believe they are entitled to EVERYTHING FREE. When growing up if you can’t afford it you did not have it! The check book is empty QUINN pay what bills you have now NOT NEW ONES! Time for these corrupt Democrats Quinn, Madigan, Cullerton to go and Please take the short Ballerna with you! Oh tell Jessie White I want my 6% raise.

  • What!?!

    The state is at least $15 billion in debt, and much more by some estimates, and yet the politicians find more ways to spend money. What part of “we don’t have the money, we are broke” do they not understand? I’m wondering if this money was found laying around someplace in Springfield, or if this is coming from the income and corporate tax hikes that we were told were absolutely needed in order to pay down the states debt? I’m betting on it is coming from the tax increases. Yet again, we give more money to the government, and it finds more ways to spend it.

    • rc

      Very well stated. Money the state doesn’t have, wasted on a useless endeavor. These pre-school programs might help if they tried to make up for the deficits at home such as it is. But they are anti-academic babysitting programs.

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