When the Going Gets Tough, Tough Governors Fight for Pre-K

Date: April 23, 2008

Location:
Telephone Conference
1-877-874-1571
1025 F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20004

Description:

Pre-K Now, a Washington, D.C. public information and advocacy group, will hold a national telephone press conference on Wednesday, April 23, 2008 to release a new report examining governors' commitments to provide high quality, state-funded pre-kindergarten programs. Despite deficits and political challenges, 17 state executives proposed increases in pre-k funding. The report reveals that for the first time in four years, the number of governors recommending increases in pre-k funding declined, threatening to slow years of positive momentum to provide pre-k for all children. While the mixed report confirms that too many leaders waver when it comes to early education, it distinguishes the state executives most committed to early education, who are willing to fight to protect pre-k from funding cuts in this challenging budget year.

Participants will discuss the importance of pre-k for all of America's children, the challenges faced in their states, and take questions from reporters.

What:     

Telephone press conference to release "Leadership Matters: Governors' Pre-K Proposals FY09" – an annual state-by-state comparison of gubernatorial leadership on pre-k

Who:

Governor Phil Bredesen of Tennessee
Governor Bob Riley of Alabama
Libby Doggett, Ph.D., Executive Director, Pre-K Now

When:

Wednesday, April 23, 2008, at 1:30 p.m. (CDT)

Where:     

1-877-874-1571
Please call at least 5 minutes prior to call start and ask the operator to join Pre-K Now and "Leadership Matters"

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