- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 10, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont has received $7.3 million in what is expected to be a $33.4 million, four-year federal grant for pre-kindergarten programs in public schools and Head Start agencies.

The grant is in addition to $37 million Vermont received last year to lay the foundation for its pre-kindergarten program.

Vermont’s congressional delegation made the case for the state’s application in an Oct. 10 letter to Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell. The letter said Vermont has demonstrated a strong and enduring commitment to provide early education for all 4-year-olds.

Gov. Peter Shumlin said the money will be used to expand access to quality early education for Vermont children most in need.

Shumlin has signed a bill mandating school districts to provide pre-K education.

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