Coalition seeks $55 million from state for low income children

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Community advocates and leaders announced the Coalition for Delaware’s Kids, with a goal of convincing the State of Delaware to spend $55 million in “one-time” state revenues over four years on programs targeted at improving the lives and futures of low-income children throughout Delaware.

The proposal is for use of $55 million in the fiscal year 2017 revenue to the state that came in above the state’s official revenue prediction for that fiscal year, as recognized by the Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Committee in September.

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The Coalition for Delaware’s Kids believes this money should be spread out over four years rather than spent all at once and dedicated entirely to programs that will benefit Delaware’s children, particularly those living in poverty:

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  • Home visitation programs for infants and toddlers born in low-income households
  • Expanding enrollment of 3- and 4-year olds in Pre-K
  • Increasing financial support for high-poverty elementary schools
  • Expanding after-school and summer programs for low-income students
  • Improving re-entry services for juveniles exiting the state’s juvenile correctional system
  • Creating a recovery high school for students being treated for substance abuse
  • Implementing the CDC’s data sharing plan

Further information can be found at www.dekidscoalition.org).

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