ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Ann Arbor Public Schools will receive more than $421,000 in Great Start Readiness Program funding this year, allowing it to serve an additional 51 students, according to AnnArbor.com.

Lee Ann Dickinson-Kelly, the district’s interim assistant superintendent of instruction, told the school board recently that the program currently enrolls 94 children, according to AnnArbor.com.

Dickinson-Kelly said the district received more funding than expected because fewer districts are participating, AnnArbor.com reported.

“We expected the opposite; we actually inquired whether or not the state had made an error. They said the pot of money isn’t greater but the amount of districts receiving it is lower,” Dickinson-Kelly told board members, according to AnnArbor.com.

Great Start is a preschool program for 4-year-old children from “at-risk” backgrounds, according to AnnArbor.com.

SOURCE:

AnnArbor.com, “Ann Arbor schools get increase in Great Start funds; new computers approved for Pioneer High School lab,” Dec. 9, 2010

FURTHER READING:

Mackinac Center for Public Policy, “Evaluations of Early Education,” March 8, 2010

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