Pre-K Funding for Low-Income Students

Legislative Priority: Improve literacy and school readiness skills among at-risk children by raising the per pupil funding level for children in preschool in households below 200% Federal Poverty Level to full day from half day. Districts with carry-over funding in the Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program (SWVPP) would apply those funds to the provision before receiving additional funding for this purpose.

Provide flexibility to use existing SWVPP funds for instructional needs as determined by local public school districts. Maintain 5% for administrative costs (10% for community partners) withuse of 95% for instructional purposes as determined by local public school districts to meet therequired Iowa Quality Preschool Program Standards.

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Why We Invest in Preschool

Six rigorous long-term evaluation studies have found that children who participated in high-quality preschool programs were:

  • 25% less likely to drop out of school
  • 40% less likely to become a teen parent
  • 50% less likely to be placed in special education
  • 60% less likely to never attend college
  • 70% less likely to be arrested for a violent crime

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