Governor Tom Corbett. Photo: Courtesy of Governor Corbett’s Office
“‘That’s you!’ an excited preschooler said to Gov. Tom Corbett, looking at the governor and then at his photo in the classroom, placed between photos of President Barack Obama and Mayor Bill Peduto.”
As this article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette goes on to explain, Corbett, the governor of Pennsylvania, was visiting a preschool classroom in Pittsburgh’s Small World Early Childhood Center II, Downtown. He had come to call for a larger state investment in early education.
“Before making his pitch, Mr. Corbett read ‘Stop Snoring, Bernard!’ to the class. He said the book was a favorite of his young grandson.”
As for Corbett’s proposed 2014-2015 state budget, it would add an extra $25.5 million to early education funding, including “$10 million for PreK Counts, which would make it possible for 1,670 more children to attend quality preschool programs statewide,” according to the article.
PreK Counts provides high-quality, half-day and full-day pre-kindergarten to nearly 12,000 3- and 4-year-olds who are at risk of failing in school and whose families earn up to 300 percent of the federal poverty level. These children may also be English language learners or have special needs, according to Pennsylvania’s Department of Education.
Corbett says increasing funding for early education is “the best investment going.” (more…)
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