early childhoood education http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Missouri Announces More Grants To Child Care Centers http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-announces-more-grants-child-care-centers <p>Missouri has awarded an additional $4.2 million in grants to improve facilities at six child care centers around the state.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gov. Jay Nixon is touting the funding through the Department of Economic Development as part of what he calls the "Missouri Start Smart" initiative to expand access to early childhood education.</span></p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 13:33:21 +0000 The Associated Press & Kelsey Proud 31034 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Announces More Grants To Child Care Centers US Education Secretary In St. Louis, Discusses Student Loans Doubling, Early Childhood Education http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/us-education-secretary-st-louis-discusses-student-loans-doubling-early-childhood-education <p>Federal student loan interest rates will double in the next few days, unless Congress can agree on a solution.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Republicans are adamant that the rate be linked to the financial markets, while Democrats would like Congress to set the rates. The prospect of a last-minute compromise seems unlikely.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan was in St. Louis Thursday, and told reporters that lawmakers are working on a compromise.</span></p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 20:13:19 +0000 Chris McDaniel 27779 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org US Education Secretary In St. Louis, Discusses Student Loans Doubling, Early Childhood Education Casino fees to be redirected from early childhood programs to Mo. veterans homes http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/casino-fees-be-redirected-early-childhood-programs-mo-veterans-homes <p>Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed&nbsp;<a href="http://www.house.mo.gov/BillSummaryPrn.aspx?bill=hb1731&amp;year=2012&amp;code=R&amp;style=new">legislation</a> redirecting casino fees to nursing homes for military&nbsp;veterans.</p><p>The legislation signed into law Wednesday provides a dedicated&nbsp;funding stream for the state&#39;s seven nursing homes that serve about&nbsp;1,300 veterans.</p><p>Casinos already pay a per-person fee to the state. Most of that&nbsp;money has gone to early childhood programs. But the new law&nbsp;redirects the bulk of those fees to veterans homes.</p> Wed, 30 May 2012 19:12:52 +0000 The Associated Press 3813 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Casino fees to be redirected from early childhood programs to Mo. veterans homes Mo. House backs increase in veterans homes funding with cut to state lottery prizes http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-house-backs-increase-veterans-homes-funding-cut-state-lottery-prizes <p>The Missouri House has given first-round approval to a plan that would cut the amount of money available for state lottery prizes to increase funding for state-run veterans homes.</p><p>The legislation would reduce lottery prize funds by about 3.5 percent and put the money toward early childhood education programs that currently get funds from the Missouri Gaming Commission. Gaming Commission money now used for early childhood education would instead go to veterans&#39; homes.</p> Tue, 28 Feb 2012 19:13:07 +0000 The Associated Press 3164 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. House backs increase in veterans homes funding with cut to state lottery prizes