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Teachers, Parents, Kids and Legislators Rally in Support of Governor Bullock's Early Childhood Education Proposal

March 18, 2017View for printing

Alabama Secretary of Early Childhood Education visits Montana to tout benefits of publicly funded preschool

"We know this is a strong investment in our state's future," said Governor Bullock. "Now is the time Montana finally makes investments into the success of our kids through publicly funded early childhood education."

The "Rally for Montana's Future Superheroes" featured Governor Bullock's proposal for $12 million in grants to allow school districts, Head Start programs, and high-quality preschool providers to offer preschool for four-year-old kids at or below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. Representative Kathy Kelker who is sponsoring the legislation, House Bill 563, also spoke at the rally.

"Preschool prepares our students for success in school and in life," said Rep. Kelker. "Despite the overwhelming evidence to support investments in early childhood education, Montana has lagged behind most other states in providing high quality preschool."

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