Save the Children Action Network Statement on Final Passage of Bipartisan Full-Day Kindergarten Bill in New Hampshire

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Concord, N.H. (June 22, 2017)Save the Children Action Network (SCAN) President Mark Shriver issued the following statement today applauding the New Hampshire legislature’s passage of SB-191, a bipartisan bill that passed the Senate by a vote of 15-8 and the House of Representatives by a vote of 251-111. The bill now goes to Governor Chris Sununu for his signature into law.

“SCAN and our thousands of New Hampshire early education activists applaud this afternoon’s passage of additional state funding for full-day kindergarten programs. While the final version of SB-191 was an imperfect bill, it’s a big step in the right direction and will have a meaningful and positive impact for children and families throughout the state. 

“We are proud to have worked closely with leaders on both sides of the aisle, from Senator Watters who wrote the original bill and has worked tirelessly for children throughout his career to Governor Sununu who helped set a pro-kindergarten agenda back in February, to achieve this result for kids.

“As advocates for kids, we will continue to push for policies that increase access to early childhood education. While there is still more work to be done to ensure full-day kindergarten for all kids in New Hampshire, it is also imperative that policymakers and voters understand the importance of high-quality preschool and work to increase access to early education so that every child in New Hampshire truly has an equal opportunity to succeed.”

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