Pocono Record: Invest in success with quality preschool

Letter to the Editor from Joan Benso, CEO of Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children:

“If we could invest tax dollars in a way that reduces public-school costs, increases graduation rates, lowers spending on crime and social services, and helps build a more competitive workforce with stronger earning power, would you get behind it?

That investment opportunity already exists in Monroe County in the form of high-quality pre-kindergarten, but we aren’t doing enough to take full advantage of it — and that means lost savings for taxpayers and missed opportunities for kids.

Research shows children who attend high-quality pre-K head to kindergarten better prepared to learn. They tend to perform better academically and need fewer special education and remedial learning services. As a result, taxpayers and society benefit in all those ways I mentioned earlier.”

Read the full letter here.