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Commissioner Cassellius Talks Early Learning with Staff, Parents in White Bear Lake

Published: May 30, 2014

This morning, Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius was in White Bear Lake, visiting the district’s early education program. Commissioner Cassellius toured the program, taking some time to interact with the kids, before sitting down with staff and parents to discuss the state of early learning and implementation of the state scholarships. To date, state scholarships have made it possible for 23 children in White Bear Lake to enroll in an early learning program.

In 2013, Governor Dayton and the Legislature invested $40 million in scholarships for low-income children to attend high-quality early learning programs; ensuring 8,000 kids will have access to a pre-K program over the biennium. This year, the Legislature added $4.6 million, allowing for 850-900 additional scholarships.

Below are photos from the visit: