Scranton Times-Tribune: Letter to the Editor: Pre-k Expansion
October 10, 2016

Editor: As we all know, a quality education in the very early years is the best gift we can give to our children to succeed in life.

The United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties has for many years been an advocate for high-quality early childhood education as an essential investment in our community’s future. Children who attend high-quality pre-K are more likely to start school ready to learn and perform on a much higher level than those without the benefit.

As the new school year progresses, we all have something to celebrate. More than 140 additional eligible 3- and 4-year-olds are enrolled in new Pre-K Counts and Head Start classrooms throughout Lackawanna and Wayne counties. I thank leaders like state Sen. John Blake, of Archbald, for his work to make expanded access to high quality early-childhood education a priority. I hope that his commitment in working to increase funding for early learning will inspire other legislators and Gov. Tom Wolf to do the same. Our future depends on it and it really does make a difference.

GARY DRAPEK

PRESIDENT AND CEO,

UNITED WAY OF LACKAWANNA & WAYNE COUNTIES,

SCRANTON

Read the Letter to the Editor here.

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