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More families eligible for free pre-K in Pima County after Supes increase income threshold

More Pima County families can enroll their children in free pre-K after the Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 to expand income eligibility levels for the Pima Early Education Program Scholarships, planning to spend $13.6 million through 2024 on covering more students. ... Read more»

Free pre-K in Pima County still in need of long-term funding source

Pima Early Education Program Scholarships, a free pre-K program that has enrolled more than 700 kids in its first year, is still in need of a long-term funding source to replace the COVID relief that will support it for the next two years. ... Read more»

Pima County job fair seeks teachers & staff for free pre-school program

Pima County will host a job fair to hire more than 100 early education teachers and staff at the Kino Events Center on May 12 from 2 to 5 p.m. as the county aims to expand their free pre-K program known as PEEPS. ... Read more»

Pima County's free pre-K program to grow with new classrooms, $30M in spending

Pima County has started approving contracts with school districts that will fund their free preschool program for low-income families, called PEEPS, with federal COVID relief from the 2021 American Rescue Plan. The switch is expected to bring and keep more teachers and open more classrooms. ... Read more»

PimaRecovers.com site tracks county's COVID relief spending

Pima County has launched a website to publish how federal COVID relief has been spent during the pandemic. PimaRecovers.com details the use of more than $300 million, including for eviction relief. ... Read more»

Pima's free pre-K program off to slow start due to pandemic, teacher shortages

The Pima Early Education Program Scholarships — or PEEPS — have struggled to reach low-income families midway through the program's first year as the COVID pandemic and teacher shortages keep the county from filling pre-K classrooms.... Read more»