PA's Investment in Pre-K Lags Behind Other States, Study Shows

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Advocates pushing for an increase in state funding for preschool programs in the 2017-18 state budget released a study on Monday that shows Pennsylvania's investment in pre-K programs is lagging behind other states.

It shows 19 states and the District of Columbia have a higher per-capita investment in high-quality preschool programs than Pennsylvania, which invests $682.17 per child, according to the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University. Fifteen states invest more than $1,000 per child including economic competitors New Jersey and New York.

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