THE CASE FOR PRE-K

Access to high-quality pre-k gives all children the opportunity to learn.

70percent_no_access-version2EVERY CHILD BENEFITS:  When all children arrive ready to learn, they are best able to take advantage of the educational benefits of classroom learning.

  • Children with access to high quality pre-k are more likely to advance grades and have improved social skills.
  • Education investment must start early, before the achievement gap is too wide and very costly to overcome.
  • A child’s brain is 90% developed by age 5, making the early years a crucial time in a child’s development.

Click here to download the one-page fact sheet: “Access to High-Quality Pre-k Gives All Children the Opportunity to Learn”

Pre-k strengthens our schools.

Grade_3_Reading_Level_version2RESEARCH IS STRONG: A growing body of research demonstrates that high-quality prek strengthens a child’s overall performance in grades K through 12.

  • Significantly improves children’s early literacy, language, math and social/emotional skills as they enter kindergarten.
  • Reduces special education placements by nearly half through 2nd grade.
  • Reduces grade repetition by as much as a third through 8th grade.
  • Increases the likelihood of high school graduation and college enrollment, which in turn leads to stronger employment opportunities and increased lifetime earning potential.

Click here to read the one-page fact sheet: “Pre-K Strengthens Our Schools”

Pre-k lays the foundation for a more successful Pennsylvania.

Invest_in_FuturePRE-K HAS SHORT- AND LONG-TERM ECONOMIC BENEFITS:

  • It helps build intellectual infrastructure for the future, yielding both social and economic benefits.
  • Other states, such as Georgia, New York, Oklahoma, Wisconsin and West Virginia, along with the District of Columbia, either provide high-quality pre-k or are on the pathway to providing it.
  • Investment in pre-k saves taxpayers’ money in the long term by reducing the need for special education and remedial instruction, and increasing the rates of graduation and college enrollment.
  • Decreases the likelihood of at-risk children committing a crime later in life.

Click here to read the one-page fact sheet: “Investment in High-Quality Pre-K Lays the Foundation for a More Successful PA”

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