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Whitmer proposes expansion of Great Start preschool program

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer today called for a dramatic expansion of the Great Start Readiness pre-school program to cover eligible four-year olds in Michigan.

Statewide, about one-third of eligible kids can’t get into a Great Start program.

So the proposal was welcome news to Tami Mannes -- the director of early childhood programs with the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District.

“Preschool can be a significant expense for families. So this allows working families the opportunity to get a high-quality pre-school experience for little to no cost.”

For the first three years, the 405 million dollar cost of the expansion would be paid with a combination of state and federal funds. Then it would have to be entirely funded by the state.

But there does appear to bipartisan support for the expansion in the Republican-controlled Legislature.