About this Study

Jacksonville Community Council Inc. (JCCI) is completing its latest community inquiry, Children 1-2-3: Early Learning for Future Success. This community engagement process has been examining the question, "How can Jacksonville best foster early learning success for children from birth to age 3 in our community?" Over the course of the process (October 2011 through April 2012), the meeting schedule, meeting summaries, key handouts and relevant articles have all been posted here. To find out more, please email tonia@jcci.org.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Netanyahu pledges free toddler education in fall

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Tuesday reiterated his promise that pre-school education will become free for children ages three and four already for the start of the school year in the fall.

“This is a mission of national importance, at the top of our priorities. We will find the sources [to fund this] and all government ministries will pitch in,” Netanyahu said.

“This is a law that has been legislated in the past but was never implemented,” the prime minister added.

Currently, only children 5-years-old and above receive free education, and families struggle to pay for daycare and kindergarten for children under that age.

“Families spend thousands of shekels on private kindergartens and we will act to correct this situation,” Netanyahu said.

The state “will subsidize every child over 3-years-old by 800 shekels. I know this will make education free,” the prime minister said. “Additionally, we will build more than 2,000 kindergartens and daycare facilities which will answer the needs of an additional 30,000 children.”

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