$16M Pre-K expansion plan heads to city council

$16M Pre-K expansion plan heads to city council

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A plan to expand needs-based Pre-K in Shelby County is making its way to City Council.

The plan is a joint effort by the city, county and Shelby County Schools.

They've combined to chip in $16 million to expand Pre-K in the area and improve existing programs.

The Shelby County Board of Commissioners has already approved the plan.

Memphis City Council will next look at the plan Tuesday.

The Pre-K push started because a federal grant expires in July which would eliminate up to 1,000 seats.

The new plan will stop that gap and add more seats.

To move forward, both the commissioners and City Council have to approve measures to launch the program and establish a fiscal body to oversee it.

Expansive and comprehensive Pre-K is a topic of discussion around the country.

The plan marks the first time the City of Memphis is investing in education since the city/county school merger in 2013.

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