Pre-K for PA Lauds Continued Investment in High-Quality Pre-K
Harrisburg, PA (June 27, 2019) – In the final FY 2019-20 budget agreement, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania continued to make progress on behalf of its youngest learners by prioritizing expanded access to high-quality pre-k.
The principal partners of Pre-K for PA issued the following statement regarding the increased investment:
“The Pre-K for PA campaign, representing tens of thousands of Pennsylvania families, appreciate that lawmakers in Harrisburg understand the irrefutable value of investing in high-quality pre-k. We applaud Governor Wolf and the legislature for maintaining the political will to continue to invest in greater access to high-quality pre-k for yet another year.
“Research shows that high-quality, publicly funded pre-k benefits children’s cognitive, social, and emotional development. From birth to age five is the most rapid period of brain development in a child’s life and the nurturing interactions that children experience in high-quality early learning programs are key to their future success. This is why in every corner of the commonwealth, across all demographics, an overwhelming majority of Pennsylvanians support investing additional state dollars to expand access to high quality pre-k.
“We all know that there is more work to be done, but today represents another milestone as we chip away at the number of children who are missing out on this once-in-a-lifetime learning opportunity.”
The goal of the non-partisan Pre-K for PA campaign is that by 2022 every at-risk child will have access to a high-quality pre-kindergarten program and that middle-income families will more easily afford these services for their children. High-quality pre-k is delivered in Pennsylvania in a variety of settings: school districts, Head Start centers, licensed private academic nursery schools, home-based care, and roughly half in STAR-3 and -4 Child Care centers.
Pre-K for PA is an issue campaign supported by individuals and organizations across Pennsylvania who believe that investing in our children is the right choice and an urgent necessity. Its vision is that every 3- and 4-year-old in Pennsylvania will have access to high-quality pre-k. For more information visit www.prekforpa.org.