Gov. Phil Bryant signed the Early Learning Collaborative Act into law last spring. The state legislature appropriated $3 million for the program that will expand pre-k. Educators say they hope that can reverse some startling trends.
Directors of pre-k programs will all tell you the same thing, learning starts at an early age.
“They’re like little sponges and the most they learn is going to be by the time they get to 5 years of age,” said Jennie Sturgis, director of Noah’s Ark Daycare Center.