Smart Talk from WTIF: “Kids for Cash” documentary and early education

“Later we’ll discuss another issue important to parents: early childhood education. Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children President and CEO Joan Benso and Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Pennsylvania State Director Bruce Clash will join us to discuss the new “Pre-K for PA” campaign and what the research says about early learning.

A new PPC report finds that 70 percent of the state’s 3 and 4 year old children don’t have access to high-quality pre-kindergarten programs. The numbers for some midstate counties are even higher.

Governor Corbett has proposed an 11.5 percent increase in “Pre-K Counts” funding in next year’s budget. We’ll ask our guests how much progress that investment would make toward the campaign’s goal of ensuring quality Pre-K access for all children.”

Listen to the full program here.