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Jul 12, 2017 5:20 PM

Sununu signs bill providing funding for full day kindergarten in NH

CONCORD — At Penacook Elementary School Wednesday, Governor Chris Sununu signed SB 191 into law increasing funding for full day kindergarten across the state.

Surrounded by parents, students and non-profit organizations such as New Futures and Save the Children Action Network, Sununu delivered a brief statement before signing the bill, expressing his gratitude and excitement over the bill passing.

"It's really important that we close what we all call the opportunity gap," Sununu said. "It's so critical to make sure that just because you live in one town or the other, we are guaranteeing equal opportunity for everyone."

Rebecca Woitkowski, Early Childhood Policy Coordinator at New Futures released a statement following the signing of the bill saying, "We applaud the signing of SB 191...This bipartisan bill marks an important step forward for critical early childhood programs in the Granite State. While imperfect, SB 191 does offer much-needed additional funding for full-day kindergarten and puts our state on a path to full-adequacy funding in future years."

"A lot of things that got done in this last legislation, it wasn't arm twisting, it wasn't ultimatums, it was simply talking through the issue and working in a bi-partisan constructive way to get things done," Sununu said. "I think this was a great model for not just how to get things done in New Hampshire but frankly, I think the rest of the country and especially Washington D.C. can take a lesson from the work we did on this piece of legislation; how to do it right, how to do it constructively and how to make the best and most impactful legislation for your community."

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