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State and local funding will boost preschoolers in Columbus
Nearly $3 million in state and local money will add 160 kids to the all-day program

Jo Ingles
Gov. Kasich touting a preschool collaboration.
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Some low-income children in Columbus are the first to take advantage of a full-day preschool program that pairs community investment with state dollars. As Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports, the hope is that the same can be done in other cities throughout the Buckeye State.



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Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman says a partnership between his city and the state will allow an already existing full-day preschool program to enroll 160 more children.

“We’re moving, grooving and doing stuff in this neighborhood in a very comprehensive way.”

Coleman says the city is expected to allocate about $700,000 for the project.  The state will provide about $2.2 million dollars for it. And Gov. Kasich says he wants to do the same with similar investments from business, community and faith leaders throughout the state “because there just aren’t enough being served.”

Mayor Coleman says it’s critical to extend quality early learning programs to children because 85 percent of a child’s brain development takes place by the age of 5.

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