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SC Senate Votes To Make Early Education Top Priority

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The South Carolina Senate tentatively approved a budget plan that adds more spots for early education for children who can’t afford it.

The budget readings, which should be done on Thursday, would expand the state paid full-day 4K program to 14 more school districts in the state.

“I think there’s always been a focus on helping kids get through the high school years and I think there’s been less focus on the early years,” said Executive Director of Elementary Education for the Rock Hill School District, Rich Melzer. “But, of course, we in elementary education are very excited that the focus is now on the early years.

The debate on the senate floor this week was if funding for 4K programs would be on the approved budget, or go to the surplus list.

But senators chose to make early education a top priority.

“We have to start early and we have to put the resources into our children when they are young,” said teacher at the Childhood Development Center, Missy Pusey.

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