The Monroe County Community School Corporation’s board is looking for ways to fund the district’s preschool classes. But Director of Elementary Education, Cameron Rains said it’s an issue where Indiana lags behind.
“Right now I think money is the big issue if we were in good economic times it might be easier to twist the legislature’s arms and say ‘hey this is important we all know it’s important, it’s embarrassing to be one of eight states that don’t provide preschool programming,’” Rains said.
The current MCCSC program is fee-based, but doesn’t cover more than one class at a single school – and even then, Rains said, the funding falls short.
“We’ve been very creative and found a way to staff one preschool classroom in our highest need school which is Fairview Elementary. We’ve been able to staff that classroom with grant funds already secured, what we haven’t been able to do is secure the transportation and the curriculum for those students,” he said.
The board agreed to move forward with a grant proposal seeking more funding for early childhood education.