Mike Ross Says He Wants Pre-K for All

Published 04/02 2014 12:11PM

Updated 04/02 2014 06:02PM

LITTLE ROCK -- During a campaign stop on the steps of Fair Park Early Childhood Development Center, democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Ross introduced his plan to make pre-kindergarten accessible to every 4-year-old in Arkansas by 2025.

On Wednesday, Ross said his "Start Sooner, Finish Stronger" education plan will do so by gradually making the state's quality pre-k program, known as Arkansas Better Chance (ABC), accessible to every 4-year-old child in Arkansas through a sliding fee scale based on the child's household income.

Ross said his pre-kindergarten education plan could cost the state of $37 million a year when fully implemented, but he said he thinks this investment will help save the state money in other areas such as reducing the number of Arkansans in prisons or living on government assistance. He says his campaign will release the additional components.

In March, Ross received the endorsement of the Arkansas Education Association. 

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