Pre-K for PA Informational Meeting at Gigliotti’s

Category:  Community
Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 at 6:10 AM
Pre-K for PA Informational Meeting at Gigliotti’s by Cory Vaillancourt

Most social ills that plague our communities, from Wall Street to Main Street, trace their roots back to education – or more specifically, the lack thereof. 

Speaking of, did you know that 70 percent of 3- and 4-year olds in Pennsylvania do not have access to quality pre-k programs? 

Considering our brains are almost fully developed by the tender age of 5, this is a serious problem; studies have shown that children who are able to attend pre-k programs before that age are more likely to succeed both in the classroom and in the world at large. 

Thankfully, there’s a group working to remedy the situation, and they want to talk to you while you eat free food, drink free drinks, and listen to a free musical performance by Eric Brewer and Lindsay Vendetti.

Pre-k for PA is a statewide campaign that advocates for expanded access to pre-k programs for every 3- and 4-year old in the commonwealth; this campaign boasts some pretty prominent local backers, too. 

“There are more than 4,000 children in Erie County alone that do not have access to high quality, early childhood education,” said Pennsylvania State Sen. Sean D. Wiley. “By making the necessary investments and providing our youth with access to pre-k, we are not only going to improve the chances of success for this generation, but we will also improve the quality of life for everyone throughout this community and this Commonwealth.” 

Wiley’s just one of a host of politicians, community activists, educators, and local business leaders supporting this effort, so drop in to find out how you, too, can get involved. 

4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29 // 1325 State St. // prekforpa.com

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