SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Governor Jay Nixon's visit to Shady Del Early Childhood Education Center in Springfield today highlighted the importance of education in his 2015 proposed budget.
"Nothing will have a greater impact on our future than the commitment we make right now to public education," Nixon said.
The proposed budget for 2015 comes after projected revenue estimates, which is subject to change. The Governor's proposal include a 30-million dollar boost to the Missouri Pre-School project, a $278million increase for K-12 classrooms, and for higher education-- greater funding for scholarships, raising institution budgets for two and four-year colleges, and a 20-million S.T.E.M. initiative to support math and science.
Governor Nixon's education proposal would increase funding for Springfield schools by $7.5 million.
"We'll make sure schools like this one in Springfield have the resources they need to provide students with a high-quality, rigorous education and prepare them to go on to college and start a career," Nixon said.
Nixon said early education is the basis of success.
"If kids come to school more ready to learn, when they walk into a kindergarten class, the whole system works better," he said.
Early education teachers say the additional funding will allow them to focus more on helping kids with their social and academic development.
"It's great," said Heather Riley, a teacher at Shady Del Early Childhood Education Center. "You can go full force and serve the kids and fulfill to kids' greatest potential."
This potential leaves many parents, like Amanda and Tom Brown, parents of a three-month-old baby girl and an 11-year-old, optimistic about their children's education.
"It really made me proud to be in Missouri and especially Springfield, because we are doing a lot to develop our schools," said Amanda Brown. "I'm really proud to be here and I'm really excited for her future in Springfield.