Preschool Debate Heats Up In Iowa Legislature

PRESCHOOL

Tools

By Richard Pratt

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Expanding access to publicly funded preschool in Iowa is a top priority for Democrats in the legislature this year, but it's not clear Republican Gov. Terry Branstad or Republican lawmakers are on board with the idea.

Sen. Herman Quirmbach, a Democrat from Ames, says he has been working on legislation to expand the Iowa Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program, which was established in 2007 to fund preschool for 4-year-olds.

Quirmbach, a professor at Iowa State University, expressed concern that there are not always enough public preschool spots available, meaning some kids may end up on waiting lists.

Branstad says he'd prefer to focus resources on low-income families.

Conversation Guidelines

Be Kind

Don't use abusive, offensive, threatening, racist, vulgar or sexually-oriented language.
Don't attack someone personally. Keep it civil and be responsible.

Share Knowledge

Be truthful. Share what you know and what you are passionate about.
What more do you want to learn? Keep it simple.

Stay focused

Promote lively and healthy debate. Stay on topic. Ask questions and give feedback on the story's topic.

Report Trouble

Help us maintain a quality comment section by reporting comments that are offensive. If you see a comment that is offensive, or you feel violates our guidelines, simply click on the "x" to the far right of the comment to report it.


read the full guidelines here »

Commenting will be disabled on stories dealing with the following subject matter: Crime, sexual abuse, property fires, automobile accidents, Amber Alerts, Operation Quickfinds and suicides.

facebook twitter rss mobile google plus
email alerts you tube hooplanow pinterest instagram

What's On KCRG