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Letter to the editor: Investing in kids

| Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 9:00 p.m.

“State Rep. Frank Dermody advocates for more state funding for pre-school education” was a sharp reminder of Dermody's continued commitment to making investing in publicly funded pre-K a legislative priority.

According to the Pre-K for PA campaign ( prekforpa.org ), “Even with recent increases in state funding, there are over 112,900 eligible children who qualify for high-quality, publicly funded pre-K but remain unserved.” Additionally, Pennsylvania ranks 18th of the 30 states investing in pre-K.

If Pennsylvania wants to compete, we must commit to educating our kids. The $40 million investment proposed by Gov. Tom Wolf for the 2018-19 budget will serve 4,400 more kids, which represents forward progress.

We are encouraged by Dermody's commitment to early-learning expansion, and we hope he will voice his support to fully fund this $40 million investment. It is a relatively small and absolutely necessary step toward reaching more children.

Cheryl Gartley

New Kensington

The writer is owner/director of All Kids Are Special Childcare and Learning Center.

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