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Doyle Announces Early Education Plans

By: Paige Lambrecht
By: Paige Lambrecht

Gov. Doyle outlined three main goals in his "ready for success" proposal Monday. One part of Doyle's plan would increase scholarships for people who want to go into child care.

Wausau's YMCA assistant childcare director Christy Parks says it's important for the future of their profession.

"I believe it would really encourage someone who might be interested in a career in early childhood to pursue that career.”

Doyle's plan also involves providing money to help school districts begin a four-year-old kindergarten program. Early estimates have that costing the state between $5 and $8 million.

In the Marathon school district, a four-year-old kindergarten already exists.

Adams doesn't think that five to $8 million is enough to allow many districts to start four-year-old kindergarten, and he thinks a proposal that adds extra funding for the program will hit big obstacles in the Legislature.

"Every year we have to fight with the Legislature because some segment of the legislature tries to kill funding for the four-year-old program.”

The third major part of Doyle's plan involves a statewide rating of child care providers and then making those evaluations available to parents.


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