From Pre-K for PA:
Yesterday, Governor Corbett signed into law a $29 billion state budget with the following pre-k funding: a $10 million increase for Pre-K Counts and flat funding for the state’s supplement to Head Start. These amounts were proposed by the Governor to enable 1,670 more children to participate in high-quality pre-k programs.
Pre-K for PA was formed to advocate a bold vision that Pennsylvania will ensure access to high-quality pre-kindergarten for all our children. And the reality remains that public funds enable just 1 in 6 of Pennsylvania’s 3- and 4-year-olds to enroll in such programs.
So where do we go from here?
NEW ISSUE BRIEF: Pre-K for PA released this week a report on how Pennsylvania compares to competing states when it comes to pre-k. This is the first in a series of issue briefs that will lay out options for achieving our campaign’s policy vision.
This latest analysis echoes the recently-announced finding by NIEER: Pennsylvania is falling behind. Other states, particularly those that border Pennsylvania, are outpacing us when it comes to expanding access to high-quality pre-kindergarten programs, putting us at a competitive disadvantage. From Maryland and West Virginia to New York and New Jersey, our neighbors have made a greater commitment to providing high-quality pre-kindergarten to more of their children.
Pennsylvania can do better for our children, and your support makes progress possible.
Thank you for everything you do for Pennsylvania’s children.
– The Pre-K for PA team