OFFICE OF GOVERNOR MATT MEAD
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Matt Mead announced that Wyoming will move forward on efforts to boost early childhood learning without applying for a federal grant. Governor Mead had looked into the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Grant, but decided not to pursue this federal funding any further.
“I recognize there are needs when it comes to preparing our children to succeed in school and I am committed to working to ensure that Wyoming’s children are successful in kindergarten and beyond,” Governor Mead said. “We will look for other means to achieve this within state government, at the present time. But, we do not need to ask the federal government for millions of dollars until we need it and we would spend it to maximum effect.”
Governor Mead said that the process of drafting the grant application was valuable and was part of the reason he asked the state to pursue a grant application. “We identified differences and similarities in the way that state agencies are delivering services to our youngest children. A comprehensive approach to school readiness was identified and we will now look at how to utilize existing resources to carry the efforts forward.”
“It is apparent to me that if we can support parents and recognize that education starts well before the first day of kindergarten we’ll be ahead of the game,” Governor Mead said.