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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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Satellite ConferenceENGAGING TEXAS LEADERS IN THE PRE-K MOVEMENT

November 10, 2005


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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.”


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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.”


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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.”


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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.”


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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.”


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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


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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.”


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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.”


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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.”


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Special Thanks

TO YOU!

For your commitment to our children’s early education


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