skip to main content
skip to newscasts

Thursday, November 30, 2023

Public News Service Logo
facebook instagram linkedin reddit youtube twitter
view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

On World AIDS Day, New Mexico activists say more money is needed for prevention; ND farmers still navigate corporate land-ownership policy maze; Unpaid caregivers in ME receive limited financial grants.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Secretary of State Antony Blinken urges Israel to protect civilians amid Gaza truce talks, New York Rep. George Santos defends himself as his expected expulsion looms and CDC director warns about respiratory illness as flu season begins.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Congress has iced the Farm Bill, but farmer advocates argue some portions are urgent, the Hoosier State is reaping big rewards from wind and solar, and opponents react to a road through Alaska's Brooks Range, long a dream destination for hunters and anglers.

PA Principals Say Quality Pre-K Works

play audio
Play

Thursday, September 21, 2017   

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania school principals agree that enrolling children in quality pre-K programs gives them important tools for learning, according to a new report.

The report, from the Pre-K for PA campaign and the Pennsylvania Principals Association, found almost 99 percent of elementary school principals in the state agree that quality pre-K is essential to prepare children for kindergarten, especially lower-income children.

But according to Paul Healey, executive director of the Pennsylvania Principals Association, almost two-thirds of eligible preschoolers in the state don't have access to publicly funded pre-K programs.

"We really need to do a better job as a state to advocate for pre-K, early childhood experiences, as well as closing that opportunity gap," he states.

Out of the 27 states and the District of Columbia that offer publicly funded pre-K, the report says Pennsylvania ranks 20th in per-capita investment in high quality pre-K programs.

Healey says school principals report being able to tell when a child has had a quality pre-K experience, both academically and through their exposure to classroom settings.

"They've had opportunities to interact socially with other children of their age and learn appropriate behaviors and social skills by being in group settings," Healey explains.

Studies have shown that pre-K can reduce children having to repeat grades and the need for remediation, as well as improve their performance on standardized tests.

Funding for quality pre-K has growing bipartisan support, and the state budget passed earlier this year includes a $30 million increase for Pre-K Counts and Head Start.

Healey calls it a step in the right direction.

"There has been some increased money over the years, but we need to continue to close that gap for the future," he stresses.

The report says investing an additional $310 million by 2022 would ensure that every at-risk child in Pennsylvania could have access to high-quality pre-K.





get more stories like this via email

more stories
The Economic Policy Institute found the number of child labor law violations increased from 1,012 in 2015 to 3,876 in 2022. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

play sound

A bill in Congress with a Connecticut House sponsor aims to reduce child labor in the United States. Called the "Children Harmed in Life-Threatening …


Social Issues

play sound

As the opioid crisis continues, more New Hampshire grandparents are seeking financial help to raise their grandchildren. Already struggling with the …

Social Issues

play sound

As of Jan. 1, insulin will become a lot more affordable for many Nebraskans, and those who have come to rely on telehealth visits are more likely to …


Extremes of hot and cold weather have taken their toll on a concrete barrier along Binghamton's Riverwalk. Concrete crumbles between the stones of the wall in upstate New York. (Chet Wiker/Adobe Stock)

Environment

play sound

Some state and local lawmakers are on a long list calling on New York Gov. Kathy Hochul to require big oil companies to help offset the costs of …

Environment

play sound

Utilities and government agencies in the U.S. are carrying out plans to transition to cleaner electricity sources. To avoid being left behind…

More than 45,000 Washingtonians are diagnosed with diabetes each year, according to estimates. (Chinnapong/Adobe Stock)

Health and Wellness

play sound

November has been Diabetes Awareness Month - but heading into the holidays, people who are diabetic know they can't lose their focus on keeping it in …

Environment

play sound

Conservation groups are celebrating a long-fought battle to protect the dwindling population of wolverine in the Northwest and northern Rockies…

Environment

play sound

As world leaders gather in Dubai for the international conference on climate change, the City of Long Beach is acting on multiple fronts to help the …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021