Pew Analysis to Highlight Which States Are Making Important Investments in Pre-K and Which Are Off Track

Contact: Liz Snyder, 202.552.2057


Washington, DC - 10/14/2009 - Pre-K Now, a campaign of the Pew Center on the States, is releasing a new national report, "Votes Count: Legislative Action on Pre-K Fiscal Year 2010" on Thursday, October 22nd revealing which state leaders are investing in high-quality pre-k — a proven economic development strategy with returns of up to $7 for every dollar invested.

The report, a follow-up to last spring's "Leadership Matters: Governors' Pre-K Proposals for Fiscal Year 2010," helps Americans determine whether their elected leaders are committing the resources necessary to develop the successful students and skilled workers central to economic recovery.

WHAT:
Release of Pre-K Now annual report on legislative action on pre-k for the coming year, which includes:

  • Case studies of states leading the effort to provide pre-k; 
  • The advantages of one particular funding strategy for early education;
  • Data on the states making the largest cuts and the effect those cuts will have on children's access to high-quality pre-k programs;
  • Information on states that are using funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to help fund pre-k programs; and
  • A 50-state chart that shows how each state is funding pre-k.
WHEN: 
9:00 a.m. EDT, Thursday, October 22, 2009

WHERE:
 "Votes Count" will be available on October 22nd, at www.pewcenteronthestates.org/preknow along with state-specific news releases.

WHO:
Experts will be available for comment, including:

  • Marci Young, project director, Pre-K Now
  • Kathy Patterson, government relations senior officer, Pew Center on the States
  • Albert Wat, project manager, Pre-K Now
For more information or to talk to a pre-k policy expert, please contact Liz Snyder at 202.552.2057 or esnyder@pewtrusts.org.

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