Expansion of pre-K program highlighted at Hernwood Elementary

RANDALLSTOWN, Md. - State and local officials visited Hernwood Elementary in Randallstown Wednesday to highlight expansion of the pre-kindergarten program there.

The expansion is part of $4.3 million in statewide pre-K expansion grants. Under the program, the state is partnering with local providers and schools systems to expand half- and full-day pre-K to 1,563 children.

Baltimore County received about $720,500 for various programs, including more than $270,000 for public school based programs. Officials said that will expand half- or full-day pre-K to about 180 additional children in the county.

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown joined Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, county schools superintendent Dallas Dance and Maryland State Education Association President Betty Weller for a visit to the school.

Prior to the grant, Hernwood had one morning pre-K section for four year olds that accommodated only 20 students.

With the increased funding, the school has an afternoon section, making more seats available, and is able to provide access to all Hernwood families that meet certain economic criteria.

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