Erie Times: Erie businessman, lawyer pushing for pre-K access

“Nick Scott Jr. believes the value of prekindergarten education is apparent.

Not only does it help prepare children for kindergarten, but it helps them avoid the pitfalls that can lead to students dropping out of school and getting involved with crime in the long term, and ultimately cuts the need — and cost — of remedial education for public schools.

“This is a no-brainer,” said Scott, vice president of Scott Enterprises and a member of the Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission. “We’re beyond the point where this is a debate about if pre-K works.”

Now, he said, is the time to get every 3- or 4-year-old child in the state into early education programs.

That’s the goal of the recently created Pre-K for PA campaign, chaired in northwestern Pennsylvania by Scott and Erie lawyer Ron DiNicola. The two announced the creation of the local version of the campaign Thursday morning.”

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