Bullock calls on lawmakers to back preschool initiative

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Gov. Steve Bullock is urging the Montana Legislature to join 44 other states in funding preschool programs.

Bullock is giving the biennial State of the State address at the Capitol in Helena Wednesday evening.

The Democratic governor is calling on the Republican-led Legislature to back his $37 million plan to provide funding for 4-year-olds to attend preschool.

Bullock says "too many" kids don't have parents who can afford private pre-K programs and also don't qualify for income-based programs.

His plan would make $30,000 grants available to school districts for every 10 preschool-age students. The money for the initiative could be used by school districts to create preschool programs, partner with an existing one, or a combination of the two. Participation would be voluntary for school districts and parents.

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