Norman Rich’s recent oped, “Quality early learning instills STEM skills and core character traits,” CDT, June 23), does a terrific job in identifying the impact that high-quality early learning can have on young learners and the future workforce.
Considering that approximately 70 percent of our nation’s state prison population failed to receive a high school diploma, education is a pivotal factor between incarceration and productive citizenship.
Knowing this connection from research and experience, law enforcement leaders have long supported investments in high quality pre-kindergarten as a key crime prevention strategy.
Unfortunately, more than 1,500 3- and 4-year-olds in Centre County and more than 200,000 statewide do not have access to high-quality pre-k programs. This is why the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association is supporting the Pre-K for PA Campaign, a non-partisan effort seeking greater investment in high-quality pre-kindergarten programs to ensure that all children are ready for and succeed in school.
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As very important issues in this year’s state elections are discussed, we should recognize that expanding access to high-quality pre-kindergarten not only promotes school readiness, but future crime prevention as well. I encourage you to join the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Associaiton in supporting Pre-K for PA by visiting the Campaign’s website prekforpa.org.