These 74 school districts will offer free pre-k programs this year

Author:
Updated:
Original:

Thousands of kids will get to go to pre-kindergarten for free this year.

Gov. Mark Dayton announced Monday that 3,302 more 4-year-olds in 74 Minnesota school districts will have the opportunity to go to pre-K this fall for free, thanks to $25 million in state funding that was approved by the Legislature this year.

Among the districts that will get additional funding are 14 from the metro area, 50 districts in greater Minnesota and 10 charter schools. For a full list of districts that got funding this year, click here.

Here's a map of the districts that applied and received state funding (in orange), districts that applied but didn't get funding (in cream) and the districts in white didn't apply.

https://twitter.com/GovMarkDayton/status/762700824145301504

The pre-k funding program targets school districts that serve high numbers of low-income students where they may have limited access to other pre-k programs, the release says.

More funding needed

Dayton and Lt. Gov. Tina Smith have been staunch advocates for state-funded voluntary pre-K, with supporters saying access to preschool is one way to help close the education achievement gap that plagues the state.

https://twitter.com/mlahammer/status/762685316218101760

"But without additional funding, thousands of kids will be denied the educational opportunities they need to achieve their greatest potentials. Lt. Gov. Smith and I will keep fighting until every Minnesota family has the choice to send their child to preschool," Dayton said in his announcement.

This new funding means roughly one-fifth of Minnesota's school districts will offer a free pre-K program. But 60 percent of the school districts that applied for the latest around of funding were denied.

“The investment we made this session brings Minnesota closer to optional preschool for all 4-year-olds, regardless of their families’ ability to pay. But we have a lot more work to do,” Smith said.

Next Up

dnr trout stocking helicopter

DNR uses a helicopter to more efficiently stock lakes with trout

In the past, the DNR used airplanes to stock remote lakes with fish, but the survival rate of the fish was only 85%.

steve simon zoom call

Secretary of State explains plans for segregated absentee ballots

Election officials are reminding voters that it's too late to mail in your absentee ballots.

Halloween, trick-or-treating

Osterholm on safe trick-or-treating: 'I would say go ahead with it'

The infectious disease expert's opinion doesn't align with the CDC's guidance.

drop and go ballot plymouth

It's too late to mail your ballot, but you can still vote. Here's how.

Voters can drop off their absentee ballot, vote early in-person or head to the polls on Election Day.

2019-12-11 f1rst Wrestling Hanukka Havok-Darin Kamnetz-154

Dusting itself off after virus blow, F1rst Wrestling returns to the ring this Sunday

Minnesota's premier independent wrestling company was on top of the world before the virus hit.

1024px-McD-McRib

McDonald's is bringing the McRib back in December

It hasn't appeared on menus for eight years.

Apple Valley High School

2 more Twin Cities districts moving to distance learning for grades 6-12

The decision was announced as infection rates in Dakota County rise.

covid-19 testing site sign

Here are the 4 free COVID-19 testing sites in MN for the week of Nov. 2

People don't need to have symptoms or insurance to get tested for free.

minnesota zoo

Minnesota Zoo launches activities to get people embracing nature

The zoo is hosting a pumpkin scavenger hunt and a "Do the Zoo, Not Zoom Day."

Related