President Obama’s proposal to expand early childhood education could bring nearly $20 million to Idaho the first year. The president has been talking about increasing access to pre-kindergarten education for months and has proposed raising tobacco taxes to pay for it.
This week, the White House released details of the plan including a state-by-state breakdown. It estimates Idaho would get $19.5 million the first year to provide preschool to about 2,380 low income children. But the state would be expected to cover 10 percent of the bill, $1.9 million. Idaho is one of only ten states that currently provides no state funding for pre-kindergarten.
Obama’s proposal estimates another $6.9 million for Idaho the first year the state takes part in a support program for poor families. It includes home visits with nurses, social workers and parent educators.
The plan the White House is calling "Preschool For All" would also increase grants for the federal Early Head Start program to provide child care to poor families. It’s expected to face intense opposition in Congress.
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