Access to high-quality pre-kindergarten isn’t just an education issue - it’s an economic development issue.
Research shows high-quality pre-k helps build a stronger workforce, boost employment rates and fuel higher lifetime earnings. This means states that prioritize investments in high-quality pre-k enjoy a competitive advantage over states that fail to do so. As it turns out, Pennsylvania is surrendering that competitive advantage to many of its neighbors.
The latest report from the Pre-K for PA campaign finds most of the states that border Pennsylvania – Maryland, New Jersey, New York and West Virginia – are making high-quality pre-k available to a larger percentage of their 3- and 4-year-olds. That means they stand to see greater returns on this proven early learning investment.
Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children became a founding member of the statewide, non-partisan Pre-K for PA campaign because we want to help turn this situation around and make the commonwealth an undisputed leader in access to high-quality pre-k. We realize increasing pre-k access requires additional state investments, but we also realize all of us have too much to lose if we let Pennsylvania’s young learners lag behind.
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