Group Recommending Expansion Of Pre-K

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A statewide task force is recommending that Kentucky spend as much as 30 million dollars a year to expand its pre-kindergarten program for low-income families.

A spokesman said preschool is the smartest way for Kentucky to improve education and head off future problems.

Kentucky's public preschool program is now open to 4-year-olds with family incomes no greater than about $31,000 for a family of four.

The group hopes initially to expand preschool to both 3- and 4-year olds of higher income families.

The chairmen of the House and Senate Education committees said yesterday they support the recommendations but also want funding for full-day kindergarten.

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