Some great news to share as we wrap up the week: The broad, bipartisan support Pennsylvania state lawmakers have shown for early learning investments is getting noticed on a national scale.
This week, a letter signed by more than 500 state legislators from 49 states was sent to the chairs of the Congressional Budget conference committee – a panel of federal lawmakers charged with negotiating a federal budget deal by Dec. 13 - urging them to make a wise investment in our economy by increasing funding for early childhood education.
Pennsylvania lawmakers led the charge in this call for stronger federal early learning investments, with 71 of our state legislators (53 Democrats and 18 Republicans) signing on to the letter – far more than any other state! (Washington was next with 53 signers, followed by 38 from New York and 21 from Wisconsin.)
“Early childhood education is a practical, not partisan, issue,” states the letter to the congressional committee. “We hear demand for it every day from parents, educators, business leaders, communities of faith, and Democrats and Republicans alike. Your budget negotiations present an opportunity to rally around something on which the vast majority of Americans agree: children are our greatest resource, and quality early learning is one of the best investments we can make in their future and ours.”
Why have so many Pennsylvania lawmakers from both sides of the aisle signed on to show their support for early learning? We think it’s because they understand how important high-quality early childhood education is in helping prepare young learners for school and boosting school achievement in grades k-12.
A lot of voters apparently understand this, too. A recent bipartisan, national survey showed 70 percent of Americans support a federal plan to help states and local communities provide better early childhood education.
Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children would like to thank our state lawmakers for their commitment to investments in early learning.
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