Ellwood City Ledger: Report: 70 percent of Pa. children can’t access preschool

“Nearly 209,000 young children lack access to pre-kindergarten programs because their families either can’t find or can’t afford it, the Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children found in its new report,“A Smart Choice for a Solid Start: The Case for Pre-k in PA.”

Less than 18 percent, or about 53,000 children, are enrolled in publicly funded pre-kindergarten programs statewide.

The report is part of a new push by a coalition of 10 nonprofit organizations to ensure every young Pennsylvanian has the opportunity to attend a strong preschool program. The coalition launched the “Pre-k for PA” campaign last month, in the hope of spurring lawmakers to devote more resources to early education as they develop the 2014-15 budget.”

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