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A push for more pre-school funding in Michigan is getting some added muscle

Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio

A group of Michigan athletes and coaches is calling on state lawmakers to spend more money on early childhood education.

Governor Snyder is asking for an additional $65 million for the Great Start Readiness Program.

Jeff Kirsch is with Champions For America’s Future. He says children learn important skills in pre-K, like teamwork, getting along with people, and sticking to tasks.

“Those are the kinds of skills that you learn in pre-school that is not only valuable to athletes but valuable to all of us to make it in life,” says Kirsch.

A governor’s office spokesman says there is bi-partisan support in the Legislature for the added funding for pre-school.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Radio since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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