01/27/2010 - [Transcript] Despite the budget shortfall, Gov. Chris Gregoire (D-WA) has proposed a new state program for preschools. Gov. Gregoire wants the state to certify all preschools in Washington and to expand tuition aid for low-income families. Can we afford it? It's not a big budget item.
There's a report from the Pew Center on the States which says that spending money on preschool will save us money down the line. Sara Watson directs the Partnership for America's Economic Success, which is managed by the Pew Center on the States. Sara, how does spending on pre-kindergarten save states money?
Sara Watson: Proven early education programs, particularly pre-kindergarten and also home visiting programs for disadvantaged children, can save states money immediately in terms of reduced special education placement, grade retention as early as first grade, reduced rates of child abuse and neglect, low birth-weight births and subsequent pregnancies for at-risk mothers.
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