Branstad Presents Preschool Plan

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Gov. Terry Branstad has proposed replacing Iowa's preschool program with a scholarship plan that would offer some help to most families.

Under Branstad's plan announced Monday, a family of four earning
up to $67,000 could qualify. That family would pay $133 a month,
but Branstad says families near the poverty line could pay as
little as $3 monthly.

Branstad wants to replace the current $90 million a year program
with a $43 million plan with scholarships of up to $3,000. Children
would need to attend preschool at least 10 hours weekly.

Parents could choose a public, private or faith-based preschool
provider under Branstad's plan.

Preschool is offered in most Iowa districts, but only about half
of 4-year-olds are enrolled. Branstad says he wants to expand that
by promoting his program.

Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
WOWT NBC Omaha 3501 Farnam Street Omaha, NE 68131 (402) 346-6666
Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 116164049 -
Gray Television, Inc.