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Preschool begins for students, families


September 16, 2003
Economics and FinanceOutcomesState & Local
Carrie Watters
Rockford Register Star, Rockford, IL

$1.2 million from Illinois creates 11 classes.

Amid Illinois’ tight finances, Gov. Rod Blagojevich approved a $30 million increase that took state spending on early childhood initiatives to $184 million. Higher achievement test scores, lesser need for special-education services and higher graduation rates are just some of the benefits of a quality preschool, according to Steve Barnett, the director of the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University in New Jersey.