5 Million Reasons Pre-K Matters

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Texas public schools educate 5 million students. Investment in Pre-K gives us a chance to close the achievement gap before it starts. Research shows that
participation in Pre-K cuts the school readiness gap in half on entry into kindergarten.

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5 Million Reasons Pre-K Matters

  1. 1. WHO EDUCATES 5 MILLION TEXAS STUDENTS? Texas public schools educate 5 million students. Investment in Pre-K gives us a chance to close the achievement gap before it starts. Research shows that PUBLIC SCHOOLS 91% Private Schools 6% participation in Pre-K cuts the school readiness gap Public Charters 3% in half on entry into kindergarten. PUBLIC SCHOOLS PRIVATE SCHOOLS PUBLIC CHARTERS 4,823,842 313,360 154,278 Pre-K Provides Measurable Benefits for Students “ You wouldn’t A recent study by the University of Texas found Texas students in Pre-K performed better on 3rd grade reading and math assessments than students not attending Pre-K, with the greatest gains among economically just cut out disadvantaged and Limited English Proficient students who make up an increasing portion of the Texas population. While the gains are most notable among economically disadvantaged second grade. and minority children, middle class children benefit as well and may have greater access problems because they are not eligible for government programs according to the National Education Policy Center. Why are we Students who attend Pre-K fare better throughout their lives. Benefits include fewer students held back in school, fewer students in special education, just cutting higher high school graduation and college admission rates, and fewer students entering the criminal justice or welfare systems. out Pre-K?” Funding Cuts Fell Heavily on Pre-K State per-child funding for Pre-K has fallen so low that it is now lower in real dollars than it was in 2001-2002. Cuts during the last legislative – Pre-K Educator, session zeroed out funding for Pre-Kindergarten Early Start Grants that Quoted in “Transforming Public Education: Pathway to allow districts to offer full-day Pre-K, and cut funding for the School a Pre-K-12 Future” (The Pew Center on the States) Readiness Certification System which evaluates the quality of Pre-K programs by more than half. TAKE ACTION Here’s what the Texas legislature can do to keep public schools strong: • Restore funding for Prekindergarten Early Start Grant • Reward high-performing Pre-K programs with Formula that allows school districts to offer full-day Pre-K. Funding for full-day Pre-K for qualifying 4-year olds. If a district has received a Pre-K Center of Excellence designation • Restore funding for the School Readiness Certification for their full-day Pre-K program under the School Readiness System, which measures quality Pre-K programs. Certification System for two years in a row, reward the district with formula funding. Give these high-performing programs funds for voluntary, high-quality full-day Pre-K for all 4-year olds meeting current eligibility requirements.PRE-K & EARLY LEGISLATIVE ADVERTISING PAID FOR BY: David Anthony, CEO, Raise Your Hand Texas 3200 Southwest Freeway, Suite 2070 | Houston, TX 77027CHILDHOOD ED. P 713.993.7667 | F 713.993.7691 | www.RaiseYourHandTexas.org

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