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Getting the (very) young in school


June 23, 2016
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James Fisher
Delaware Online

Preschool hasn’t always been front and center when it comes to education spending. But Delaware is gaining ground, Gov. Jack Markell said Wednesday in visiting a Georgetown preschool center that’s been helped by a sought-after federal grant.

The governor spent time at a Parents and Children Together at Tech United Cerebral Palsy of Delaware, or PACTT, child care center at Sussex Technical High School. The center is wrapping up the first year of a five-year stretch in which it’s being helped by a $7 million federal Early Head Start grant. Only six other states received the grant, state officials said.
 
Alison May, a Department of Education spokeswoman, said 434 children attend the seven early learning centers around the state that are receiving the grant. In all, according to a 2015 report from the National Institute for Early Education Research, more than 2,500 three- and four-year-olds attend government-supported pre-K and Head Start programs in Delaware.