With just 10 weeks to go until Election Day, the statewide, non-partisan Pre-K for PA campaign continues to share and highlight personal stories from real people – mothers, fathers, educators and community members – highlighting the connection between high-quality pre-k and school readiness.
This week, we share a testimonial from Jim Buckheit, executive director of the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators, on the benefits high-quality early learning opportunities have on later learning:
“In learning, as in life, preparation makes a big difference. And high-quality pre-k is one of the best ways we can prepare our children for academic success.
“There is overwhelming evidence that kids who benefit from quality pre-k head to kindergarten with stronger literacy, language and math skills, making them less likely to need costly remedial or special education services later on. Because they benefitted from such a solid foundation for learning, these children are more likely to succeed academically, graduate and be prepared for whatever challenges they’ll take on after high school. That not only benefits the student, it benefits every Pennsylvanian.
“Unfortunately, too many young learners will be heading to kindergarten this fall not fully prepared because they missed out on high-quality pre-k. The Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators supports the goals of the Pre-K for PA campaign because our school leaders know first-hand how high-quality pre-k can help drive student achievement in later years. We recognize the commonwealth needs to do more to make this once-in-a-lifetime learning opportunity available to every 3- and 4-year-old.”
Despite the proven benefits of high-quality pre-k, too many kids are missing out on it due to a lack of access to quality programs. You can help us turn this around by lending your voice to the Pre-K for PA campaign.
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