More Taxpayer Funds Flowing to Private Preschools

With school districts, states, and the White House pushing to expand early education programs, nonprofit preschools are increasingly getting government subsidies to accommodate growing classes, according to The New York Times.

Supporters of making preschool more widely available for the 4- and 5-year-old children of low- and moderate-income families acknowledge that public schools will not be able to handle a big influx of preschool students.

The National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University says private institutions account for about a third of students now in state-financed prekindergarten programs, and the proportion is much higher in some states. Implementation this fall of a Chicago preschool expansion championed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel will nearly double the number of Catholic schools receiving taxpayer money for preschool.

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