Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Tele townhall for early learning

Tele townhall on early learning
Wednesday, April 11 from 12-1 p.m.
Increasing access to high quality early learning programs and improving transitions into kindergarten are priorities of Washington State PTA.

2012 legislative priority
Public education and funding, Long-term legislative principles

Excellent Schools Now and A+ Washington are hosting a telephone town hall on the importance of early education and efforts to expand it. Featured speakers include:

• Bonnie Beukema, Assistant Director for Outcomes and Accountability at Department of Early Learning
• Heather Cope, Policy Director for the League of Education Voters
• Frank Ordway, Director of Government Relations for the League of Education Voters

Preparing all students to succeed in school and life starts with a solid foundation of investments in high-quality pre-kindergarten through 3rd grade education. Studies have shown that children who participate in high-quality, aligned pre-kindergarten through 3rd grade learning have lower rates of special education referral, fewer behavior issues, higher overall school attendance, improved test scores, higher graduation and college participation rates and lower rates of incarceration. Investments in early education help children succeed in school and sets them up for success in life.

Washington State PTA has not endorsed the full A+ Washington plan but much of it aligns with our body of positions, including Strategy No. 1 – Expanding Access to High-Quality Pre-Kindergarten through 3rd-Grade Education.
Ramona Hattendorf
Government relations coordinator
Washington State PTA

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