Morning Call: Letter to the Editor: Teacher: Why Quality Pre-k Programs are Important
August 30, 2019

When my students walk in on that first day of kindergarten, children who didn’t attend high-quality pre-K are usually not as prepared for learning and often struggle to keep up with the children who did. They are more hesitant to make friends, less confident to ask or answer a question, aren’t prepared for the flow of the school day, and they aren’t as ready to learn.

Teachers statewide, including me, thank our lawmakers for their votes in June to approve $30 million more for pre-K in the 2019-20 state budget. However, more needs to be done.

We need to continue seeing the support of our lawmakers until all children in Pennsylvania have access to a high-quality pre-K program. It is our best chance to prepare every child for success in kindergarten and in life.

Amy Bell

Read the Letter to the Editor here.