Early Childhood Advocates Rally at the Capitol in Support of Pre-K FundingBy Lawayne Childrey | Published 26 Feb 2013 09:42pm |
For the first time ever Mississippi lawmakers are considering measures to fund a voluntary statewide preschool program. And as MPB's Lawayne Childrey reports education advocates are applauding their efforts.
3 and 4 year old preschoolers are ringing red, green and yellow bells in the halls of the capitol. Their teacher, Anita Lockhart says it's part of an effort to demonstrate how preschool helps develop essential skills like listening, following directions and motor control.
The young bell ringers are from Anderson Grove Head Start Center in Caledonia. They put their skills to use at the capitol yesterday as advocates rallied support for House and Senate proposals to allocate state money into preschool classes. Anita Thompson is the Director of the Mississippi Head Start Association.
The senate measure which contains $6 million dollars in state money was authored by Senator Brice Wiggins of Pascagoula. Wiggins says his motivation was twofold.
The House and Senate Education Committees have both endorsed similar measures. The differences will need to be worked out before the plans can go to the governor for consideration. Lawayne Childrey, MPB News.
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