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House Budget Gets a Passing Grade on Pre-School and Child Care

April 30, 2007

With the state House poised for a budget vote, some children's groups are giving their plan a thumbs-up when it comes to child care and pre-school funding. Katie Kelly with the Ohio Groundwork Campaign says the House budget will expand preschool funding to thousands more kids, help child care centers improve their quality, and provide more screening for developmental delays.

“They really have made a huge statement with this budget as far as making sure that young children have the tools they need to get a fair start.”

In addition, Kelly would like to see funding to train early education providers and parents in dealing with behavioral and developmental difficulties. She believes money spent on preschool and quality childcare pays off when kids get to school.

“High-quality early care and education really increases that level of readiness, both academically and also socially and emotionally. It really prepares children to enter school ready to learn.”

After likely approval by the House, the budget goes to the State Senate.

Rob Ferrett/Eric Mack, Public News Service - OH