by Joseph Sabino Mistick, TribLive.com
“In Pennsylvania, high-quality pre-K exists but there is simply not enough of it. Families of means can afford to send their 3- and 4-year-olds to private programs. And many of our poorest families have access to publicly funded pre-K.
“Still, nearly 250,000 children across the commonwealth — most from the middle plus those kids still unserved at the bottom — will start school behind the others because they have no access to pre-K. Not just another program that we simply cannot afford, universal pre-K is something that we cannot afford to ignore.”