CEDAR BLUFFS — A grant will enable an eastern Nebraska school district to offer preschool for the first time.

The Cedar Bluffs Public Schools will start a preschool program. Officials have selected 20 students and put another four on a waiting list.

The district could offer preschool for the first time thanks to a three-year, $325,000 grant.

The district can seek another grant after this three-year program expires.

Superintendent Harlan Ptomey said data show the earlier children can learn to read, the better they do academically as they get older. The hope is that the preschool will help students make that leap earlier.

The grant covers the pay of a teacher and assistant as well as food, transportation, electricity and books.

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