Effective Systems

Financing Services for 3- and 4-Year-Olds in a PreK-3rd School


Issues in PreK-3rd Education; Number Two

FirstSchool is part of a national PreK-3rd movement of schools, districts, educators and universities seeking to improve how children from ages 3 to 8 learn and develop in schools.  While these different projects use a variety of names, all are working to connect high-quality PreK programs with high-quality elementary schools. 

Financing education is an inescapable reality. As Prekindergarten is brought into the elementary school system, who pays for it becomes a significant question. Publicly funded Prekindergarten programs and the public K-12 system are financed by very different mechanisms. Prekindergarten programs are supported by a complex combination of local, state and federal funding streams. And these streams have their own sets of rules and regulations.