Pennsylvania Commits $75 Million to Pre-K Education

Contact: Lorie Slass, 215.575.4818

Philadelphia, PA - 07/19/2007 - The following is a statement from Rebecca W. Rimel, President and CEO, The Pew Charitable Trusts:

With a signed budget agreement providing $75 million in funding for quality early education for Pennsylvania's 3- and 4-year-olds, the Governor and the legislature have not only shown that they care about our children, they have also demonstrated a farsighted approach to economic development.

Research by leading economists has found that early education can be more effective than other traditional development strategies, such as the construction of a new stadium or incentives for business relocation. Studies have shown that every dollar we invest in quality early education can produce significant returns to taxpayers through outcomes such as increased high school graduation, employment rates, college attendance and employee salaries.

We applaud the Governor and the legislature for their leadership in establishing a dedicated funding stream for early education and for a visionary approach to building a competitive workforce for the Commonwealth. They need to continue to build on this success and work to make it possible for all children in Pennsylvania to have access to quality early education programs.

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