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State-funded preschool programs shrinking

Officials hope federal legislation can turn the tide

By Duaa Eldeib, Chicago Tribune Reporter

December 15, 2013

Alberto Cuevas has made a habit of picking up the phone, calling his school district and asking if a spot has opened up for either of his daughters, both of whom are on the waiting list for preschool.

Each time, the answer is the same. No. Not yet.

“The state is really going backward in terms of what we should be doing, especially with limited resources for K-12 education,” said David Lloyd, senior policy analyst at the nonprofit advocacy group Voices for Illinois Children. “By cutting preschool, it’s really a detriment throughout the rest of children’s lives, and it’s very difficult for kids to catch up.”

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