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LT. GOV. REEVES, SPEAKER GUNN ANNOUNCE SUPPORTFOR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and House Speaker Philip Gunn today announced theirsupport for legislation to aid the existing network of early childhood education classes statewideand add additional classes through public-private partnerships.Senate Bill 2395 provides matching funds to local early childhood education programs throughschool 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 ABCs, pick up a book, and name his colors –
the better that childwill perform when he starts
kindergarten or first grade,”
Reeves said. “Through a
collaborative approach to early childhood education, we can support those communities thatwant prekindergarten and help those children become better, more suc
Roughly 85 percent of Mississippi
four-year-old children participate in an early childhoodeducation program. The bill establishes education guidelines for teacher qualifications andresearch-based curriculum for local programs that receive funding through the bill. TheDepartment of Education will oversee the $8 million program.
We are bringing forward an educational package this session that includes early childhoodeducation as one of the factors that improves the learning of the
Speaker Gunn said.
“I’m supportive of doing what needs to be done to improve education in Mississippi.”
Sen. Brice Wiggins, R-Ocean Springs, sponsored Senate Bill 2395, which establishes thecollaborative framework to support early childhood education programs. Rep. Toby Barker, R-Hattiesburg, introduced a similar measure, House Bill 781.Reeves and Gunn were joined today by representatives from Mississippi First, Mississippi Early