Unit 4's Early Childhood Education serves about 300 children, but cuts will affect kids who aren't even enrolled here. Leaders say, right now there are about 150 kids on Pre-K waiting lists. They are students the program couldn't enroll because of funding cuts.
Nationwide, state funding for Pre-K programs saw its biggest drop last year; about a half-billion dollars. Experts say the time before kids start kindergarten is very important.
The local program is also seeing a bigger need as more and more parents want their kids enrolled. School leaders say they recognize the problem and actually have a group looking at the issue trying to find a way around the budget cuts.