Montana Has Added Hundreds of Preschool Slots, But the Money Behind Them Could Run Out
Montana created more than 300 preschool slots in the last school year, raising the number to 750. And the state did it at a far cheaper cost than a year before.
But as the feds send out the grant’s final check for $10 million, it’s unclear how those seats will be sustained in the future. This is the last payment of a four-year, $40 million federal grant that schools will use through the 2018-19 school year.
The state Office of Public Instruction got an extra $1.3 million — which will target special needs and at-risk students — to add to the grant, but the program’s funding future is murky.