Proponents of the Pima County Preschool Investment Program want the county to set aside $5 million in initial funding. It's unclear whether the county will agree to the plan. While Supervisor Richard Elías is a vocal supporter of the PCPIP, he explained some of the concerns he's heard from his colleagues in the county.
"Traditionally to this point, investing in quality preschool for children is not a business line that the Pima County government has been involved in. So, it's branching out into something that's new," Elías said. "We have the money right now to do this. Now is the time to start because this is not a short-term deal. This is something we need to work on collectively as a community."