A new poll commissioned by the Pre-K for PA Campaign and conducted by Harper Polling affirms that Pennsylvania voters want policymakers to prioritize and invest in access to pre-k. In fact, 75 percent of likely voters support increasing funding to expand access to high-quality, publicly funded pre-kindergarten.
Nearly 500,000 children under age 5 need child care so their parents can reliably participate in the workforce and financially support their families. Child care provides not only peace of mind to working parents but an opportunity for young children to develop, grow and learn. Research indicates that access to high-quality child care increases the likelihood that children enter school ready to succeed and their parents remain employed.
Elementary School Principals Resoundingly Support Pre-K Investments, released by the Pre-K for PA Campaign in partnership with the Pennsylvania Principals Association, details the perceptions of elementary school principals on high-quality pre-k.
Access to high-quality pre-k is a fundamental building block of our state’s education system. We first created this resource in 2016, as a partner in the Pre-K for PA Campaign, to help all Pennsylvanians learn more about this vital early learning experience in their local area.
Pre-K Works, So Why Not PA shows Pennsylvania ranks 18th out of 30 states that make public investments in high-quality, publicly funded pre-k, despite having increased its per capita investment by $30 million for the current fiscal year. Presently only 39 percent of eligible children in Pennsylvania benefit from the opportunity.