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Satellite Conference ENGAGING TEXAS LEADERS IN THE PRE-K MOVEMENT November 10, 2005 Today’s Goal: Have a community conversation about how to promote the value of pre-k to regular people and political candidates.

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today s goal
Today’s Goal:

Have a community conversation about how to promote the value of pre-k to regular people and political candidates.

Factoid from Pre-k Now: “Good parenting is enhanced by a high-quality pre-k program.”

pre k programs in texas include
Pre-K programs in Texas include:
  • Child Care (including nonprofit and for profit, corporate sponsored, faith-based, and home-based)
  • Federal Head Start & Early Head Start
  • Public Pre-kindergarten in ISD’s
  • Private Pre-Kindergarten

Factoid from Pre-k Now: “Providing voluntary, high-quality pre-k to all children is as much about economic development as it is a tool to improve educational outcomes.”

why pre k will be the issue in 2006 and 2007
WHY PRE-K Will Be THE Issue In 2006 and 2007
  • National movement to promote school readiness of young children
  • Early childhood education has emerged as one of the few bipartisan issues in Texas

Factoid from Pre-k Now: “We’ve underestimated young children for too long. If we want better students, we must begin by strengthening pre-k.”

why pre k continued
WHY PRE-K ? (continued)
  • Early care and education field is more unified than ever
  • Engaging Candidates in the 2006 Elections
  • Election year brings opportunities to educate the media

Factoid from Pre-k Now: “We’ve underestimated young children for too long. If we want better students, we must begin by strengthening pre-k.”

the question to ask elected officials candidates
THE QUESTION TO ASK ELECTED OFFICIALS & CANDIDATES:

Do you support expanded access to quality pre-k programs including Child Care, Head Start, and Public Pre-k?

Factoid from Pre-k Now: “Pre-k is not about “those” children, it’s about “all” children.”

why pre k who to ask who to talk to
City Council & County Commissioners

Chambers of Commerce

Texas State Representatives

Texas State Senators

US Senators

US Representatives

Other people of influence

WHY PRE-K ? Who To Ask…Who To Talk To

Who Represents Me?

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/fyi/fyi.htm

charge 1
Charge #1

How do we make pre-kindergarten a priority of candidates running for office?

“About 1/3 of middle class children do not know the alphabet when they enter school.”

charge 2
Charge #2

How can we help candidates and the general public understand the link between pre-kindergarten and economic development?

Factoid from Pre-k Now: “More than 40% of first-time kindergarteners cannot count beyond 10.”

charge 3
Charge #3

How can we make sure that our community’s leaders & power-brokers are working in support of pre-kindergarten?

Factoid from Pre-k Now: “Pre-k has become just as necessary as kindergarten and first-grade.”

special thanks
Special Thanks

TO YOU!

For your commitment to our children’s early education