Jolene Miller is a twenty year teaching veteran and she says currently in and around the Council Bluffs area, the need for free public education is growing and students can quickly fall behind without preschool.
"This helps so many more children get the pre-academic skills they need so when they come to kindergarten they are ready to do things like read and math."
Under Branstad's proposal, parents would pay based on family resources, so a family on the poverty line would pay $3 a month for preschool but parents earning $56,000 a year would pay $133 a month.
Previously, preschool was available to all 4 year olds. Paying, these parents say, would be stretching an already tight budget. Kristen says, "I probably would not be able to, but I would definitely try because I believe preschool is very important."
Others say it puts the stress back on them. Melissa says, “If they don't have preschool, usually they have parents that are working and they don't have a lot of time to work with their kids with the things that they need. As these preschoolers head home after another day, tomorrow looks just a little brighter.
Jolene says, "So if you can do it now, it costs less than paying for other problems down the road, the investment is just the smart thing to do."