State gets $10.6M grant for preschools

Published 8:57 pm Wednesday, January 2, 2019

(AP) — Mississippi is receiving a $10.6 million federal grant for preschool programs, Gov. Phil Bryant said Wednesday.

Bryant said the grant will expand a system developed by his State Early Childhood Advisory Council and the Mississippi Department of Human Services.

The governor said the money will help “maximize parental choice and engagement” with a goal of ensuring children have a smooth transition from child care centers, including Head Start, into public schools.

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Mississippi’s plan includes coaching and technical assistance for employees of child care centers. It also aims to help low-income families find education and workforce training programs.

“We will teach the next generation early how to get a job and not how to be dependent on the government,” Bryant said on Twitter.

Bryant spokesman Knox Graham said the $10.6 million grant covers one year, but Mississippi can apply for more money the next three years.

Graham said about 60,000 families with children up to age 5 could be affected by programs funded by the grant.