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U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Encourages Governor Walker to Apply for Federal Investments in Wisconsin Early Childhood Education

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Tammy Baldwin today sent a letter Governor Scott Walker encouraging him to apply for federal, early childhood education investments in Wisconsin schools.

Wisconsin is one of 36 states that has been invited by the Obama Administration to apply for a share of $250 million in Preschool Development Expansion Grants directed to help states develop and expand high-quality preschool programs for low- and moderate-income children. The Badger State is eligible for up to $15 million dollars a year in funding for a period of four years.

However, on September 11th the Walker Administration missed a deadline to notify the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services of Wisconsin’s intention to apply for a federal grant.  The federal funding would allow some Wisconsin school districts to expand 4-year-old kindergarten to full-day kindergarten and reduce the costs to local school district budgets.

The full text of the letter can be found here.