Federal education grant awarded to Massachusetts

WMass will receive a part of the $15 million

BOSTON (WWLP) – Holyoke and Springfield will receive a part of the $15 million dollars intended to strengthen preschool programs in the area.

Massachusetts and 12 other states received federal early education grants. The state will distribute $15 million to help expand voluntary preschool programs in five high-need areas, including Springfield and Holyoke.

These programs target four year-olds from low-income families, who otherwise can’t afford a full-time pre-school education. The money will help approximately 750 children in Massachusetts gain access to early education.

Rep. Alice Peisch, Chair, Committee on Education said, “This will be a great opportunity to develop some very high quality programs in those communities that hopefully will be models for the rest of the state.”

If approved by the federal government, Massachusetts could receive up to $60 million for early education over the next four years.

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