Gov. Tom Corbett plans to ask lawmakers for a $10 million increase for early education grants in his budget address next week.
The proposal would amount to a 16 percent increase in funding for the Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts program.
"Our Pre-K Counts programs consistently deliver high-quality pre-k education," Corbett said. "We’re not talking just babysitting, we’re talking care, we’re talking about teaching, we’re talking about nurturing."
Estimates show more than a one billion dollar deficit going into the fiscal year beginning in July.