STARS Montana Early Education Program
"You can think of having a better kindergarten teacher as being worth something like $300,000 for a classroom of students." Harvard economist Raj Chetty
Now that the dust has settled from the Nov. 6 election, state lawmakers are about to set the table for the 2019 Legislature. A top priority on that menu needs to be an expansion of publicly funded preschool.
"We think it’s going great," said DeAnn Jones, who operates Discovery Place Child Care near Chief Joseph Middle School. "We love it."
93% of kids kindergarten ready at end of first year of pilot program
The results from the first year of the program show that children in publicly funded preschool classrooms are not only ready for kindergarten, they are receiving a foundation that will better prepare them for success the rest of their lives.
Program will offer free pre-k education in Montana – Enroll your 3 or 4 year old today for next summer’s program.
Starting next summer, UPSTART will come to the Treasure State, fully funded, for all four and five year olds.
Funders for Montana’s Children members represent philanthropic organizations who have joined forces to ensure the well-being and future productivity of Montana’s youngest citizens. Our vision is a vibrant, prosperous Montana where children reach their full potential and are prepared to contribute to their communities and our social and economic vitality.