May 17, 2017 06:30 PM | kaaltv.com
(ABC 6 News) – Last week Governor Mark Dayton vetoed an Education Finance Omnibus that Republican leaders had penned saying it would put early childhood education programs at risk.
With future funding in limbo, some pre-kindergarten programs are worried about what’s to come.
“If funding for Head Start were to ever, to go away, that would be extremely devastating to so many communities,” said Melissa Manroe, a teacher at Head Start in Kasson.
Manroe teaches 3-5-year-olds and said making pre-K programs help families who otherwise might not have all the resources they need.
“But also supporting them with medical, dental, nutrition and any other comprehensive services that we can offer and help families with,” added Manroe.
Some mothers of students at Head Start said current programs and future funding would make a lasting impact on their families.
“Building a foundation! As far as their learning capabilities, and far as socially, emotionally, mentally,” said Jasmine Jackson.
“It helps them once they get into school, into kindergarten, first and second grade, so that they already know what they’re doing,” said Faith Worley.
“I think it’s just gonna help him…just even in the higher grades, he’s gonna be able to just do better,” added Manda Neville.
The Head Start in Kasson said they plan to keep providing a brighter future for their students whether the funding goes through or not.
“And can also help families with setting goals and pointing to them to resources in order to help make gains and potentially, ultimately would pull themselves out into a better financial situation,” said Monroe.
Credits: Roxanne Elias | Updated May 17,2017 6:30pm