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IOWA PRESCHOOL: Senator Proposes Expansion

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An Ames senator says he’ll introduce legislation to expand access to high quality preschool in Iowa.

Sen. Herman Quirmbach’s proposal calls for $35 million over the next three years.

The bill would require schools to make preschool available, but parents would not be required to send their children to state-funded preschools.

Districts with preschool waiting lists would receive incentives to expand capacity. The legislation also includes new outreach efforts to boost enrollment.

The Iowa preschool program was first established in 2007.