Preschool funding in New Mexico will get an additional $4.5 million in the coming school year, bringing the total of Public Education Department preschool funding to about $13.7 million.
That figure does not include preschool funded through the Children, Youth and Families Department.
PED funding for preschool has more than doubled in two years, and brings the total number of children served by PED preschool programs to 4,230. According to a news release from the PED and Gov. Susana Martinez, that is the highest number of students served since the program began in 2005.
Forty school districts and charter schools applied to the state for preschool funding this year, and all applications were funded. Some districts are continuing existing programs, some are expanding and 12 districts are starting up new preschool programs.
Martinez touted the importance of preschool.
“Our students deserve every opportunity to be successful in the classroom,” Martinez said in a written statement. “And parents deserve the option to give their children an early start.
— This article appeared on page C1 of the Albuquerque Journal