Preschool Funding Debated in Legislature



Expanding access to publicly funded preschool in Iowa is a top priority for Democrats in the legislature this year, but it's not clear if Governor Terry Branstad or Republican lawmakers are on board. Ames Sen. Herman Quirmbach says he has been working on legislation to expand the Iowa Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program. It was established in 2007 to fund preschool for 4-year-olds. Quirmbach says there are not always enough public preschool spots available, meaning some kids may end up on waiting lists. Branstad says he'd prefer to focus resources on low-income families.

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People : Herman QuirmbachTerry Branstad