Kindergarten to be made free for all Queensland families from 2024 in $645 million budget announcement

Kindergarten will be free in Queensland from next year as part of a budget measure the state government says will save some families about $4,600.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk hopes it will “give every little Queenslander the best start in life” and support parents returning to the workforce.

It will cost the state budget $645 million in total, and bring the investment in kindergarten to $2 billion over four years.

About 14,000 Queensland families are currently eligible for free kindergarten.

The new scheme is expected to help another 50,000 children attend kindy for free, with costs for each student covered for up to 15 hours a week for government-approved educational programs.

The state government says free kindergarten would save eligible families more than $4,000 per year, with the total amount a family will save depending on where and how they attend kindy.

“There are currently around 8,000 children who are eligible to attend a kindy but don’t, and

Gov. Whitmer launches new education-focused state department

Lansing — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has created a new state department focused on promoting pre-kindergarten access and higher education in Michigan, shaking up the existing state education department that she does not control.

Whitmer’s office said Wednesday the new Michigan Department of Lifelong Education, Achievement and Potential, or MiLEAP, will feature offices governing early childhood education, higher education and “education partnerships.”

The new department will lead statewide efforts to ensure that all young children “enter kindergarten with the tools and ability to succeed in school” and that “every Michigander has the skill certificate or degree they need to advance,” according to an executive order the governor signed Tuesday.

The plan marks a significant shift in direction for state government as the Michigan Department of Education has traditionally been the lead agency on education-related policies and programs.

Nikki Snyder, a Republican member of the elected State Board of Education, which oversees the state Education Department, said she was already contacting attorneys to see if the move is legal. But the state’s superintendent of public instruction, Michael Rice, acknowledged Wednesday that Whitmer has the legal authority to reorganize the Michigan Department of Education.

Michigan Gov.  Gretchen Whitmer is shaking up education programs across state government in creating a new state agency called the Michigan Department of Lifelong Education, Achievement and Potential, or MiLEAP.

“For too long, we have thought of education as

Calling All 4-Year-Olds: LAUSD’s Pre-K Classes Are Ready

The Los Angeles Unified School District is growing its free pre-K program.

Calling All 4-Year-Olds: LAUSD’s Pre-K Classes Are Ready

Every child who turns 4 by or on September 1 can enroll in transitional kindergarten at the district’s elementary schools next school year.

LAUSD is expanding its program well ahead of a state mandate to open public school preschool to every 4-year-old by the 2025-26 school year.

“Why wait two years to empower students with early literacy, early numeracy [and] earlier socialization?” said Superintendent Alberto Carvalho at a press conference Friday. “Why wait two years when we can do it now?”

The district aims to enroll 25,000 students in transitional kindergarten next school year. Right now there are about 14,000 students in the program across 317 school campuses.

What is transitional kindergarten (TK)?

  • Transitional kindergarten is a preschool program offered at many public schools. Parents should expect to see hands-on learning activities and play in kindergarten classrooms. LAUSD Executive Director of Early Childhood Education Dean Tagawa