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A California commission has decided to spend $100 million on a program to help fund preschool for all children using a voter-approved tobacco tax. The First Five California commission will provide the money in matching grants to counties that develop a system of universal preschool.

Film director Rob Reiner is the commission´s chairman. He says early childhood education programs give kids a better foundation for school and save the state money in the long run.

The funds come from Proposition Ten, which imposed a 50-cent-per-pack cigarette tax to fund early education and health care for young children.

The commission will accept applications for matching grants from counties that are developing voluntary universal preschool programs.