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Arizona Education Department Gets $20 Million Grant To Improve Preschool Access

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The Arizona Department of Education got confirmation this week that their preschool improvement efforts can look forward to another round of $20 million in grant money. Arizona was one of 18 states to receive federal funding.

The money is part of a four-year federal grant intended to help states expand access to high quality preschool for children from low- to moderate-income families.

In 2015, the project helped the state improve and add slots for children in high need communities, or communities with a high number of English-language learners and students on free and reduced lunch.

The state has also allotted some of the money to offer scholarships to teachers pursuing early-childhood education certifications.

When the grant period ends in 2019, schools who have received funding will be responsible for strategizing how to continue their improvements.

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Carrie Jung Senior Field Correspondent, Education Desk Carrie Jung began her public radio career in Albuquerque, N.M., where she fell in love with the diverse cultural scene and unique political environment of the Southwest. Jung has been heard on KJZZ since 2013 when she served as a regular contributor to the Fronteras Desk from KUNM Albuquerque. She covered several major stories there including New Mexico's Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage and Albuquerque's failed voter initiative to ban late-term abortions. Jung has also contributed stories about environmental and Native American issues to NPR's Morning Edition, PRI's The World, Al Jazeera America, WNYC's The Takeaway, and National Native News. She earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's in marketing, both from Clemson University. When Jung isn't producing content for KJZZ she can usually be found buried beneath mounds of fabric and quilting supplies. She recently co-authored a book, "Sweet And Simple Sewing," with her mother and sister, who are fabric designers.