In January 2014, the Economy League joined with statewide partners to launch the Pre-K for PA campaign. The campaign's goal is to ensure that all Pennsylvania children are ready to succeed by ensuring that every 3- and 4-year-old in the Commonwealth has access to high-quality pre-kindergarten.
Leading up to the gubernatorial election this fall, the Economy League will be providing the campaign with timely research and analysis on economic and educational impacts, outlining policy options for expanded Pre-K, and leading outreach to the local business community.
Pre-K for PA is a statewide collaboration led in Southeast PA by Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children, Economy League of Greater Philadelphia, Public Citizens for Children and Youth, and United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.
The coalition is joined by statewide partners including: Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, Mission: Readiness, Pennsylvania Association for the Education of Young Children, Pennsylvania Head Start Association, Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children, and Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children.
On Regional Direction:
In October 2014, the Economy League developed an issue brief focused on the impact of high-quality pre-k on K-12 education. Schools spend significant time and money helping children who arrive in kindergarten behind to catch up. By getting children ready for school, academically and socially, pre-k can reduce those costs and increase student success.
This is a particularly important topic given Pennsylvania’s current efforts to ensure adequate and equitable funding for public education. While there are no simple solutions to the challenges Pennsylvania faces, this brief explores how pre-k benefits K-12 systems and improves outcomes for children.