NIANGUA, Mo- Gov. Nixon has announced today a nearly $1 million investment with the help of Missouri Start Smart to expand access to quality early childhood education opportunities in Niangua, so that more children can start kindergarten ready to succeed in school and beyond.
“The State of Missouri is proud to partner with Niangua Schools to invest in this community and expand access to early childhood education for local families,” Gov. Nixon said. “Early childhood education is a smart investment with a big return, and that’s why my administration has worked to make preschool more affordable and accessible throughout the state.”
The Missouri Department of Economic Development will authorize a $977,000 million grant to Niangua on behalf of the Niangua R-V School District.
According to the release, the district will use these funds to construct a new, 5,000 square foot Early Childhood Education Center, increasing the total available child care slots offered by the district to 60, up from the current 40 slots available.
To date, $23.1 million in Missouri Start Smart grants has been awarded for 24 projects across the state, which will serve up to 2,325 pre-school age children. Most recently, the Fiscal Year 2017 budget signed by Governor Nixon includes his recommendation to fund early childhood education through Missouri’s school foundation formula, which will provide more than 2,500 kids access to high quality pre-school.