- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 21, 2014

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is proposing $30 million of additional state spending for early childhood education programs.

The governor’s budget includes adding $20 million to the Missouri Preschool Program. That would roughly triple the program.

Nixon also wants an additional $8.5 million for the First Steps program, which serves young children with developmental disabilities, and an additional $1 million for the Parents as Teachers program.

Nixon released on Tuesday his spending proposals for the 2015 state budget taking effect July 1.

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