Pre-K Works, So Why Not PA?

Pennsylvania ranks 18th out of 30 states that make public investments in high-quality pre-k. This is despite having increased its per capita investment by $30 million for the current fiscal year.
Elementary School Principals Resoundingly Support Pre-K Investments

Elementary School Principals Resoundingly Support Pre-K Investments details findings of a recent statewide survey of elementary school principals to better understand their perception of high-quality pre-k and its importance in building the foundation necessary for children to enter kindergarten ready to succeed. Nearly 99 percent agree that publicly funded, high-quality pre-k is an important tool for preparing children for kindergarten, particularly those at risk.

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Pre-K Key to Cutting Pennsylvania Prison Costs and Boosting School Success

The more than 5,000 law enforcement leaders around the nation who are members of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids— including 175 here in Pennsylvania— have a direct message for everyone who cares about the impact and cost of crime: Pay now or pay much more later.
Prioritizing Pre-K in Pennsylvania: A State Comparison

Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children (PPC) released a report that commends Pennsylvania for making increased state investments in publicly funded, high-quality pre-k but highlighting that the commonwealth is lagging behind many other states, including economic competitors, in its per capita investment.
High-Quality Early Education Can Help Kids Win the Academic 'Medal Race' (Champions for America's Future, 2017)

The report brings to light new data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) showing that American children are far back in the pack when it comes to the international “medal count” on academic achievement. America’s 15-year-old children finished 25th in science and 40th in math out of the 72 countries taking the (OECD) PISA exam in 2015. This is in stark contrast to the USA’s dominating performance at the 2016 Rio Olympics winning 121 medals compared to second-place China’s 70 medals.
Pennsylvania Can Pay Now or Pay Much More Later (Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, 2016)

If Pennsylvania invests in pre-kindergarten now, we can save over $350 million
Business Case in Pennsylvania for Early Childhood Investments (ReadyNation, 2015)

Strengthening business through effective investments in children and youth
PPC School Readiness Report (PA Partnerships for Children, 2015)

Benchmarking accessibility to high-quality pre-k in Pennsylvania
Pre-K Economic InfographicStrengthening Pennsylvania Businesses through Investments in Pre-K (ReadyNation, 2014)

Investments increase local businesses sales, create jobs, and grow the economy
benefits_of_high_quality_prekThe Benefits of High-Quality Pre-K

Making a Healthy Investment in Child Development: A report from the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
REPORT_COVER_STEMSTEM and Early Childhood - When Skills Take Root (Mission:Readiness & ReadyNation, 2016)

Pennsylvania businesses and the military warn of STEM workforce skills gap; urge greater access to pre-k.

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Pre-K for PA’s work is possible only through generous contributions from the 1675 Foundation, The Donley Foundation, GE Employees Community Service Fund, The Heinz Endowments, The Lenfest Foundation, The Philadelphia Foundation, Samuel S. Fels Fund, and William Penn Foundation.
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