Lansing School District Announces Tuition-Free Pre-K Program
Finding daycare is already a stressful time for parents, figuring out how to afford it while still finding the place you can trust to give them the best early education is an added layer to it all. This is where the Lansing School District hopes to help.
Child Care Expenses in Michigan
Now let’s say there is a difference between child care and kindergarten. However, the career resource website, Zippia, has broken down the average income needed to pay for child care in each of the 50 states, and Michigan is pretty much stalled.
In order to understand this, they first looked advice from the US Department of Health and Human Services that says “child care should be no more than 10% of a household budget.”
Of the, Zippia says they applied another flat rate of 14.6% to account for taxes levied on workers’ paychecks, then figured out what the maximum wage would be in each state so that their average child care costs did not exceed 10% recommended.
As for Michigan, they found the average cost of child care for a child is $ 10,281 per year, which means that the average annual income to be able to “reasonably” afford it would be around $ 117,820.
Why this Lansing schools movement matters
If we consider the figures for childcare alone, it is reasonable to infer that the preschool education of children is not too far removed.
Michigan has programs to help parents and children get the best foundation for their education early on, programs like the Good Start Preparation Program (GSRP).
According to Michigan.gov, it is a publicly funded preschool program for four-year-olds who are living with factors that “may put them at risk for school failure.”
However, since this is an income-based program that Ingham ISD says “GSRP eligibility requires family income to be below 250% of federal poverty guidelines, with priority given to children based on family income. “
This means that some parents who may be right above that line are not eligible for the program and this is where tuition-free preschool programs like at Lansing schools can help.
Lansing School District Plans
According to to WILX, Ben Shuldiner launched the universal pre-K for the district in his first month as superintendent.
“When families send their kids to public school and see how good they are, they start to really care not only about how their kids are doing, but how all the kids are doing.” , he said. “What we look forward to is the start of a rebirth of a relationship with the Lansing School District and the Lansing community.”
According to to WILX, the program is available to ALL children who live in Lansing and turn four years old by December 1st. Registrations for families open on July 28 where WILX says there will also be a registration event from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Eastern High School Football Complex.
From there, the courses will begin on September 16 and will be held four days a week in 14 schools in the district.
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