Snyder highlights Grand Rapids family in push for more early childhood education funds

3:02 AM, Jan 20, 2014   |    comments
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Gov. Rick Snyder during 2014 State of the State address

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Gov. Rick Snyder spoke about expanding funding for early childhood education, and put the spotlight on a Grand Rapids family to make his point.

"Brooklyn is in preschool thanks to this program, so thank you girls," said the governor during Thursday's speech.

The Barrientes are the Grand Rapids family he highlighted during his address.

"I was nervous," says Brittany Barrientes. "I didn't realize how big of a deal it was."

The young couple has two young girls excelling in an all-day preschool program.

"She was learning a lot, her numbers, her alphabet," says Barrientes. "I could tell she was learning a lot."

Snyder says there will soon be more families like the Barrientes -- with access to early education.

"When you see my budget recommendation, you'll see an extra $65 million for early education," said the governor. "We can make it a no-wait state for early childhood education."

Barrientes' teachers and principal at Harrison Park Elementary say the funds are needed. The family is happy to be a shinning example for what other families can look forward to.

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