A recent article was published by a member of the Pittsburgh Public Schools Board of Directors detailing the importance of early education:
"Pre-K really does work.
As someone who has volunteered in a kindergarten classroom, I can often tell which children have had the benefit of quality pre-K experiences. They are more comfortable in a school environment and interacting with others. They have command of numbers and pre-reading skills. They are actively engaged in learning.
Many studies point to the advantages of having a quality pre-K experience. Pre-K affords children the opportunity to have the fundamental skills to 'hit the ground running' when they start school. The benefits last a lifetime and result in higher achievement overall.
Current demand far outweighs capacity to serve preschoolers. This means that many children are being denied this tremendous opportunity. Investments must be made to increase accessibility to quality pre-K and provide enough resources for programs for all children."
To read the full article, click here.
PAEYC supports high-quality care and education for young children by providing advocacy, community resources, and professional growth opportunities for the needs and rights of children, their families, and the individuals who interact with them. PAEYC works regionally (in Southwestern Pennsylvania) and takes its expertise and models to statewide and national audiences.
Learn more about how you can show your support for early education.