Higher Expectations is working with local leaders and community members to expand access to full-day 4-Year-Old Kindergarten in Racine County. The Racine Unified School District has begun to implement full-day 4K classrooms, but providing this program is not fully funded through state aid. According to RUSD Superintendent Lolli Haws, “continued expansion of the [full-day 4K] program would help children from low-income families.” Funding for the full-day 4K expansion pilot would come from the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program which consists of federal funds provided to the state. Higher Expectations’ Executive Director Jeff Neubauer and Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave have proposed this pilot program with the long-term goal of improving high school graduation and local employment rates by ensuring that children arrive to kindergarten fully prepared to learn.
Check out the Journal Times to learn more about Racine County’s proposal to expand 4K learning opportunities.