From Pre-K for PA:
Yesterday, Governor Corbett signed into law a $29 billion state budget with the following pre-k funding: a $10 million increase for Pre-K Counts and flat funding for the state’s supplement to Head Start. These amounts were proposed by the Governor to enable 1,670 more children to participate in high-quality pre-k programs.
Pre-K for PA was formed to advocate a bold vision that Pennsylvania will ensure access to high-quality pre-kindergarten for all our children. And the reality remains that public funds enable just 1 in 6 of Pennsylvania’s 3- and 4-year-olds to enroll in such programs.
So where do we go from here?
NEW ISSUE BRIEF: Pre-K for PA released this week a report on how Pennsylvania compares to competing states when it comes to pre-k. This is the first in a series of issue briefs that will lay out options for achieving our campaign’s policy vision.
Click here to read the new policy brief:
The National Perspecive — How Pre-K in PA Comapres to Other Competing States
This latest analysis echoes the recently-announced finding by NIEER: Pennsylvania is falling behind. Other states, particularly those that border Pennsylvania, are outpacing us when it comes to expanding access to high-quality pre-kindergarten programs, putting us at a competitive disadvantage. From Maryland and West Virginia to New York and New Jersey, our neighbors have made a greater commitment to providing high-quality pre-kindergarten to more of their children.
Pennsylvania can do better for our children, and your support makes progress possible.
Share our state comparison graphic on Facebook and Twitter, and ask your friends and colleagues to sign the Pre-K for PA petition at www.prekforpa.org/join.
Thank you for everything you do for Pennsylvania’s children.
– The Pre-K for PA team