Pennsylvania Gubernatorial Candidates Assert Positions on High-Quality Pre-k Access

Harrisburg, PA (April 16, 2018) – As part of a gubernatorial candidate survey conducted by Pre-K for PA partner organization United Way of Pennsylvania, PA candidates asserted their positions on access to high-quality pre-k and child care.

The candidate survey offers Pennsylvanians the opportunity to learn where gubernatorial candidates stand on a variety of issues related to education, health, financial stability and the nonprofit sector. United Way of Pennsylvania is a statewide nonpartisan organization representing 43 member local United Ways and three United Funds in Pennsylvania.

Pre-K for PA is a non-partisan issue-oriented community of 16,000 supporters, 600 organizations, 130 Leadership Council members and 20,500 social media followers who all believe that greater access to high-quality, publicly funded pre-k must be a priority for the commonwealth.

“United Way hopes Pennsylvanians will use this information to learn more about the candidates as they prepare to head to the polls for the May primary,” stated Kristen Rotz, President of United Way of Pennsylvania, Pre-K for PA Principal Partner. “There are many factors that voters should consider as they evaluate the candidates. Among these are the issues United Way considers to be foundational to the vibrancy of our local communities and opportunity for all: education, health, financial stability, and the viability of the nonprofit sector.

“It is important to remember that only a registered voter’s voice will be heard on Election Day. Today is the last day to register to vote in the May primary. We encourage all voters to register, review each candidate’s positions on vital issues facing the health and well-being of the commonwealth, including pre-k access, and to make an informed vote on May 15.”

The full survey results are available on the UWP public website at under the “Advocacy” menu by clicking on the link for “2018 Gubernatorial Candidates on the Issues”.  The full set of responses has been posted for each candidate. The responses are available in two formats: sorted by issue area, or sorted by candidate.

The United Way of Pennsylvania is a 501(c)(3) organization, which does not engage in partisan political activity. The UWP will not endorse a candidate for governor. The purpose of this survey is to educate voters impartially on a nonpartisan basis. All candidates were given equal opportunity to respond to the survey, and three out of four gubernatorial candidates participated.  The candidates who responded to this survey are Laura Ellsworth, Scott Wagner and Tom Wolf.

View the survey results here.

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

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