Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and House Speaker Philip Gunn today announced their support for legislation to aid the existing network of early childhood education classes statewide and add additional classes through public-private partnerships.
Senate Bill 2395 provides matching funds to local early childhood education programs through school districts, private and parochial schools, private childcare centers and Head Start.
Communities that have participated in programs like Excel by 5, Mississippi Building Blocks and other proven education programs will be given special consideration to receive state funds. Individuals and companies also may donate to local programs.
"The earlier a child can say his ABC's, pick up a book and name his colors - the better that child will perform when he starts kindergarten or first grade," Reeves said. "Through a collaborative approach to early childhood education, we can support those communities that want prekindergarten and help those children become better, more successful students."