More three- and four-year old children will benefit from a quality preschool experience due to a new program for families. Seventeen partial tuition scholarships were awarded through the collaborative Manistee County Preschool Scholarship Program.
"The research and evidence about the positive benefits of a quality preschool experience are overwhelming," said Patti Borucki, Manistee's Great Start Collaborative Coordinator. "Through this new scholarship program, we are providing a growth and learning experience for Manistee County children - an experience that research shows will dramatically improve their odds of success in future years."
Preschools become eligible to receive scholarships for their families by entering into an agreement involving state licensure and a three-star rating in the Great Start to Quality Star Rating System. A committee reviews applications from interested families and scores them according to predetermined criteria including financial need and other factors. Launch Manistee Program Coordinator Mary Ann Behm said “This new preschool scholarship fund is accelerating the pace of Launch Manistee toward achieving our early childhood goal -- that by 2020, all three- and four-year old children in Manistee County will have access to a range of options for quality preschool experiences regardless of ability to pay,".