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.

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.
9:00 a.m. EDT, Thursday, October 22, 2009

 "Votes Count" will be available on October 22nd, at along with state-specific news releases.

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

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