NORFOLK- Norfolk city leaders are considering paying for universal preschool as a way to boost student achievement.
Norfolk Public Schools does offer some preschool programs. Currently about 2,270 three and four year old's enrolled. However, there is not enough space and many families are on the waiting list.
City council member Andy Protogyrou explained Wednesday that moving families off the waiting list would cost the city an extra $4 million a year.
"That’s going to gain serious traction in this budget. We're trying to fix the schools," Protogyrou said.
This year, nearly 70 percent of Norfolk schools are not fully accredited and 31 of the city’s 45 schools are failing to meet state testing standards.
The idea to offer preschool to all children is supported by the city's Commission on Poverty Reduction, a group started this year to recommend actions to improve education and employment opportunities for families.