Morning Call: Letter to the Editor: Early Education Funding Critical
August 6, 2018
Kudos to our legislators for coming together across party lines to support young children and their families. By passing the state budget for 2018-2019, which has increased the funding for high quality pre-K programs by 11 percent, they have clearly demonstrated their understanding about the critical role of early experiences for future success in lives of our children.
Research in the field has shown that investment in early education brings positive outcomes for all concerned. A recent poll conducted in the state also demonstrates that 94 percent of Pennsylvanians consider early education as important. The state’s budget reflects the voice of its citizens and is aligned with the wisdom of the experts in the field.
While the increased funding will help many children to access quality pre-K programs and start kindergarten fully prepared for formal schooling, more funds are needed to cover all eligible children. All children have a right to quality preschool experiences and deserve the opportunity to reach their full potential. Legislators must continue to find ways to fund early education for every child in the commonwealth. Our work is not done until we have reached this goal.
Hanover Township, Northampton County
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