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MCCSC Seeks More Preschool Funding Through Grants

Preschool is not mandated in Indiana and funding for individual corporation programming can be hard to find.

An Empty Classroom

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The MCCSC would like to fill more preschool classes, but needs more money first.

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.

Shameka Neely

Shameka Neely, a native of Nashville, Tennessee enthusiastically joined WTIU as Senior Reporter/ InFocus Producer in the news department. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational and Corporate Communication, with a minor in Marketing and Masters of Arts Degrees' in Administrative Dynamics and Communication all from Western Kentucky University. Shameka also holds a Master of Arts degree in Journalism from Indiana University.

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