Start Early: Take a Stand on Pre-K

  • by: Pre-K Now
  • target: 2008 Presidential Candidates
Access to high-quality pre-k shouldn't be about where a child lives or luck or family income. The proven and lasting benefits of quality pre-k should be available to all who want it.

Pre-k can raise academic achievement and graduation rates, reduce grade repetition and special education needs, and teach invaluable social skills and teamwork.

The presidential candidates must show leadership on this issue now by making pre-k a campaign priority. Ask the candidates what they will do to help all children start school ready to succeed.

Dear Presidential Candidate,

As a voter in this year's primary and general elections, I'm writing to urge you to make federal support for state pre-kindergarten programs an important part of your platform and a top priority if you are elected.

Access to high-quality pre-k shouldn't be about where a child lives or luck or family income. The proven and lasting benefits of quality pre-k should be available to all who want it. Pre-k raises academic achievement and graduation rates, reduces grade repetition and special education needs, and teaches invaluable social skills and teamwork.

Unfortunately, families currently face an inadequate patchwork of pre-k programs in this country. Only 1 in 5 children has access to state-funded, voluntary pre-k, and the quality of programs - which is critical to producing positive results - varies widely.

Please make federal funding of quality pre-k a priority in your campaign and, if elected, in your administration. As economists, business leaders, parents, and teachers will attest: this is ultimately about our collective prosperity. America's children need your leadership on this issue; letting them down is tantamount to failing to invest in the future.

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