Go Lackawanna: Pitch made for more pre-k funds

“Armed with a new initiative called “Pre-K for PA,” leaders at Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children, a Harrisburg lobbying organization, want to bring legislators to the table to prioritize funding for early-learning education.

More than a dozen non-profit education groups are collaborating to develop the Pre-K for PA program.

Fewer than 20 percent of the state’s 3-year-olds and 4-year-olds have access to high-quality programs, said the organization’s president and CEO Joan Benso. Through Pre-K for PA, the organization hopes to see every child have access to some kind of high-quality early-learning program.

While Luzerne, Lackawanna and Wyoming counties may not be short on preschool centers, the learning component is missing, Hildebrandt Learning Centers CEO William Grant said.”

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