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New Mexico’s investment in Pre-K education growing


May 15, 2018
Ruidoso News

A record high $33.6 million was invested this year in pre-kindergarten programs across New Mexico, Gov. Susana Martinez announced.

That’s five times the amount funded when she took office. The governor also announced that 11 school districts will have Pre-K programs for the first time.

“It’s so important that our youngest students have access to early education,” she said. “That’s why I made it a top priority and continue to invest in programs that work. As a state, we must grow Pre-K responsibly so that all children receive a high quality education and a successful future.”

Pre-K funding is up $10 million from last year. That new money will allow for 11 additional districts, including Clovis and Carlsbad, to have Pre-K for the first time. It also will allow for many of the 60 districts and charters currently providing Pre-K to serve more students, according to information from the governor’s office.

Based on proven demand, districts like Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Farmington and Gadsden will grow their programs, while Roswell will be able to double the number of Pre-K students they serve and expand their facilities. Only 25 districts and charter schools participated in state Pre-K in 2011. Next year, the number will be 71.

The additional funding will also allow for 1,500 more students to take advantage of Pre-K programs. As a result, 6,700 students, another record number, will enroll in programs this fall.