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Introducing Pre-K for PA

Fri, January 24, 2014

Pre-K for PA

Research shows that children who enter Kindergarten ready to learn are better positioned to read at grade level by the end of third grade, graduate from high school and keep a regular job — and they’re less likely to require special education, public assistance or to be incarcerated. That’s why United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey is proud to join with partners statewide to launch “Pre-K for PA.”

Led by a broad-based coalition of education, community investment and nonprofit organizations, “Pre-K for PA” is a new two-year campaign through which we’ll advocate for more public funding for high-quality early education, so that EVERY 3 and 4 year old in Pennsylvania has access to the same opportunity to succeed in school and in life. We’ll also be working to educate members of the business sector, educators, community leaders, elected officials and the public at large about the value and impact of investments in early education.

Pre-K for PA is a top priority for United Way and will be a critical piece of our Impact agenda moving forward. We’re proud to be a part of this critical work because we know that high-quality pre-K has the power to change the trajectory of a child’s life, strengthen our schools and lay the foundation for a stronger Pennsylvania.

This work is a great example of working together to achieve more than we ever could on our own. While we kicked off our campaign locally this afternoon at a press conference with the Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children, the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia, Public Citizens for Children and Youth, and a number of key stakeholders from around southeastern Pennsylvania, our coalition partners across the state conducted similar announcements in a coordinated effort to officially launch Pre-K for PA statewide. These partners include: Fight Crime: Invest in Kids; Mission: Readiness; Pennsylvania Association for the Education of Young Children, Pennsylvania Head Start Association, Pennsylvania Partnership for Children; and the Pittsburgh Area Association for the Education of Young Children.

Education doesn’t start in Kindergarten – it’s a cradle to career journey. We encourage you to join us in this critical work at www.prekforpa.org, and stay up-to-date on the work of the coalition by liking the Facebook page (facebook.com/prekforpa) or following its Twitter handle (@prek4pa).