Early this morning, Ted Maple, President and CEO of Early Learning Indiana, responded to Governor Holcomb’s recent announcement regarding pre-k funding in the 2017 General Assembly session. The following is his statement.
Early Learning Indiana and our partners in the All IN 4 Pre-K movement are pleased that Governor-Elect Holcomb and leadership in the General Assembly are considering expanding access to pre-K for young Hoosiers.
Our leaders must be prudent in how they invest our taxpayer dollars. And, Hoosiers across the state are telling us they want to go big in support of pre-K. Seven in 10 Indiana voters support investing $50 million a year in pre-K to ensure Hoosier children are better prepared for school.
Pre-K may focus on our littlest learners, but it gets big results, and our state’s commitment to it should match.
Parents, teachers, business leaders, and concerned citizens from all over the state—from Evansville to Elkhart—are calling for Indiana to be “all in” for pre-K.
Most importantly, 27,000 children in low-income families are currently at-risk for school failure if we do not act this year.
We urge our state’s leadership to make our children a top priority as they finalize their plans for bringing pre-K to more Hoosier communities.