House OK's Bill To Boost Kindergarten Readiness

Feb 14, 2014

The Kentucky House has passed a bill aimed at making more preschoolers ready for kindergarten.

The measure would provide more training for preschool and child-care providers. It also would broaden a rating system to gauge the effectiveness of early childhood programs across the state.

The proposal would implement a $44.3 million federal grant that Kentucky won last year to improve early learning programs. Kentucky was among six states that secured the government grants.

The measure cleared the House on a 79-11 vote Friday. The bill now goes to the Senate.

Rep. Derrick Graham says the bill will enable parents to choose quality preschools for their children. He says the result will be more preschoolers ready to keep up with schoolwork when entering kindergarten.