SHELBY COUNTY, TN - (WMC) – Six million dollars of taxpayer money could be used to give children in Shelby County an early start. The full Shelby County Commission is set to discuss prekindergarten funding on Monday.
That money breaks down to three million dollars in surplus and another three million in general funds to go toward pre-K in Shelby County. This money will go to all Shelby County, including the municipal school districts.
If passed all elementary schools would get a share according to average daily attendance. This includes the municipal school districts that have not yet set up its pre-K programs.
Shelby County's pre-K program is designed to help four year olds who have been identified as educationally and economically at risk.
Mid-South parents WMC Action News 5 spoke with after the funding passed committee last week, say they support pre-K because it helps make sure children are ready for kindergarten and gives them a head start for the rest of their education.
On Monday commissioners will also consider creating a committee to study and develop a plan for pre-K even though that resolution failed in committee.