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Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: January 13, 2015 11:14 AM
From: Representative Kevin J. Boyle
To: All House members
Subject: Universal Pre-Kindergarten in Pennsylvania
In the near future, I am planning to introduce legislation to provide for universal pre-kindergarten and kindergarten in Pennsylvania.

The long-term value of early education for students has been proven repeatedly in studies. Indeed, investing in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten can pay huge dividends in terms of ensuring that students have learned fundamental educational and life skills which will serve as an important basis for their future education and success. In short, early education programs work as an investment that benefits the children involved, their families and our economy.

Requiring schools to provide universal pre-kindergarten and kindergarten will provide many more children in this Commonwealth with a high-quality early education. Although there are proven economic benefits to early education programs that can help students become contributing members of society, the goal of pre-kindergarten and other early education is to create educational programs and experiences that nurture children’s overall well-being.

Please join me in ensuring that our children receive the best possible preparation for a life of success and productivity as contributing members of society who are fully engaged in the world around them. Indeed, our children are our future, and we must be committed to their success if this Commonwealth is to continue to thrive in the 21st Century economy.

Introduced as HB1037