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MO Gov. Nixon announces early childhood education project in New Madrid

(Source: Mike Mohundro, KFVS) (Source: Mike Mohundro, KFVS)
NEW MADRID COUNTY, MO (KFVS) -

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon announced a nearly one million dollar investment early education project for the New Madrid Early Learning Center, on Wednesday morning in New Madrid, Mo. 

This project is through the Missouri Start Smart initiative, to expand and improve the early childhood education program. 

The Department of Economic Development will authorize a $971,350 Community Development Block grant to the City of New Madrid on behalf of the Delta Area Economic Opportunity Corporation (DAEOC). 

DAEOC will use these funds to expand the New Madrid Early Learning Center with four new classrooms which will create 50 new early childhood education spots for local families. 

"These new early childhood education classrooms here in New Madrid will create more opportunities for more families to enroll their children in a quality early learning program so that their kids are ready for kindergarten on day one," Gov. Nixon said. 

Nixon toured the facility Wednesday morning and saw first hand students and staff in the classrooms before meeting with people to announce the investment. 

"Kids are ready to learn. It's just amazing," Gov. Nixon added. "Sometimes ready to learn means not only learning a few things but also socialization it takes to deal with other kids at school. So programs like this, head starts that are proven in how they operate are a great place for us to invest to guarantee that the future means brighter economics for Missourians."

Governor Nixon launched Missouri Start Smart back in 2014 to support the development and improvement for early childhood and pre-kindergarten programs throughout the state. 

To this day, $23.1 million in Missouri Start Smart grants have been awarded for 24 projects across the state which serves up to 2,325 pre-school age children. 

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