Prekindergarten program

Source: Session Daily By Nick Longworth After weeks of debate over the best way to reduce the achievement gap through early learning opportunities, House and Senate conferees agreed on a proposal supporters say would provide increased funding for schools, but opponents warn falls short of intended objectives. Sponsored by Rep.…

Source: Office of Governor Mark Dayton and Lt. Governor Tina Smith Governor Mark Dayton and Lt. Governor Tina Smith were joined today by Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius to announce that beginning this fall, 3,302 four-year-olds in 74 Minnesota school districts and charter schools will attend voluntary pre-kindergarten, free of charge.…

Source: Minnesota Department of Education Even with a short turnaround, Gov. Mark Dayton’s Voluntary Prekindergarten program received strong interest across the state. The application process for the program ran from June 3 through July 1. According to the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), 234 school districts and charter schools began…

Source: Minnesota Department of Education Voluntary prekindergarten was established by Gov. Dayton and the 2016 Minnesota Legislature for the purpose of preparing children for success as they enter kindergarten the following year. The funding allows districts, charter schools with recognized early learning programs, or a combination thereof, to incorporate a…

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