Alabama Given $17.5 Million in Federal Preschool Grants

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama is one of 18 states being given federal grants to boost access to preschool programs.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced Wednesday that federal officials are awarding more than $226 million nationally, and Alabama will be given $17 .5 million in development grants.

Officials said in a statement that the development grants are meant to help states with no or small preschool programs. Federal officials say they expect the grants to help states develop high-quality preschool programs in regionally diverse communities ranging from urban to suburban and rural.

The Pre-K Task Force of the Alabama School Readiness Alliance recently announced that it’s planning to ask the Legislature to increase its allocation by $13.2 million to help expand preschool access.
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