Maryland Lt. Anthony Brown Oct. 8 unveiled a plan for early childhood education in Maryland.

Brown’s proposal is to create a universal, high quality and voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K) program in Maryland. He said he will set aside enhanced gaming revenue to invest in the state’s children and create a universal pre-kindergarten program in Maryland.

“Universal Pre-K is easy to promise, but tougher to deliver – there is a real cost, and it will require some changes in our schools, including expanding school buildings themselves and partnering with local school systems and existing community based providers,” Brown said.

“So while some parts of this plan will go into effect immediately, it will not happen overnight. Ultimately, our plan ensures that by 2018, every Maryland family will have the option of sending their 4-year-old to a quality Pre-K program where they can learn and grow,” he said.

According to Brown, around 32,000 students every year go without the preparation that early childhood education provides.

“As governor, I’ll work to ensure that all Maryland families have the opportunity to enroll their child in pre-k classes,” Brown said.

“Our children deserve the very best we can provide, and I won’t stop working until all Marylanders have access to the education they need and deserve.”

Courtney Jacobs

AFRO Staff Writer