A state program that helps low income families send their children to high quality preschools got a big boost in last week’s special legislative session when lawmakers doubled the funding for early education scholarships.

But providing more money for the scholarships won’t necessarily double the number of students who benefit. That’s because state officials are considering increasing the amount of each scholarship to cover more of the typical cost of preschool.

The scholarships help send children to preschool programs like the one offered by Cornerstone Montessori School on St. Paul’s east side, where on Thursday, 5-year-old Finnegan Anastos McGuire worked on math. His problem: 8,642 divided by 2.


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