Yesterday was National Grandparents Day, making this a great week to hear from Pennsylvania grandparents who understand the many benefits high-quality pre-kindergarten has on young learners. Kelly, a grandmother and educator from Camp Hill, recently shared this story with the statewide, non-partisan Pre-K for PA campaign:
“Although my children are all now grown, my three grandchildren have absolutely benefited from having the chance to be part of a preschool program before entering kindergarten. They were much better prepared for the structure of the classroom, as well as socially and emotionally ready for elementary school and beyond.
“As an educator, I believe that these quality programs give children the foundation for future school success. We have all seen the research that it is never too early to impact our children with education – learning begins at birth and continues through the preschool years.
“If all the children of Pennsylvania have a chance to receive quality preschool programming, we will build a generation of children who will seek out higher education opportunities and become strong leaders. If we make the investment now in their education, we are investing in the future of our state.”
Kelly is hardly alone. Recent polling shows 60 percent of Pennsylvania's seniors support every 3- and 4-year-old having access to high-quality pre-k and 55 percent favor increasing state funding to make it happen.
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