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ACT NOW: Ask Congress To Include Pre-k In Elementary and Secondary Education Act

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Courtesy of: Anna Glendenning

Dear friends,

I ask that you send the letter below, that I edited from Pre-K Now, urging your member of Congress to include funding for pre-kindergarten in the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Your action on this matter cannot wait. As we speak, millions of American 3 and 4-year olds are not being prepared for academic success. These same 3 and 4-year olds will become the next unfortunate juvenile delinquency and repeat adult offender statistic if you don’t act now. Please click and visit the NoSchoolForSam.org campaign, sponsored by Pre-K Now, and send the letter below to your member of Congress by copying and pasting it in the provided text box. I also encourage you to spread the word and send this post to your friends.

Many thanks,

Stephen McDow


Dear Member,

I urge you and your colleagues in Congress to include pre-kindergarten programs in the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. America can’t afford, for example, more unprepared and misguided young people transitioning from juvenile delinquent to repeat adult offender. The money we invest in pre-kindergarten today is money – a lot more money – we won’t have to spend on repeated grades, remedial classes, and prisons.

For too long pre-kindergarten has been neglected by Congress. The evidence to support pre-kindergarten is irrefutable because it: Saves taxpayers’ money; Improves children’s social and emotional skills; and Closes the achievement gap. Yet, nearly 70 percent of American 3 and 4-year-olds have no access to publicly-funded pre-kindergarten.

Educating American 3 and 4-year-olds by offering public pre-kindergarten provides lasting benefits to families, local communities, and the nation. It improves student achievement and increases preparedness for future education, while reducing delinquency and teen pregnancy. It builds human capital by preparing a stronger workforce, helping us reduce the burdensome costs associated with maintaining social welfare programs.

Pre-kindergarten helps prepare our youngest children for a lifetime of learning and productive citizenship. Right now many American 3 and 4-year-olds are falling behind before they’ve even had a chance to get started. It’s up to you and the rest of your colleagues in Congress to make a critical change by investing in pre-kindergarten.

Please make sure our youngest learners are not left behind. Thanks in advance for your support.

Sincerely,

Your Name

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