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Washington, D.C. (January 17, 2020) – Save the Children Action Network (SCAN) applauds Governor Gina Raimondo’s newly released state budget proposal that includes approximately $45 million dedicated to education programs, with a notable $4.5 million allocated to Pre-K expansion.
Mark Shriver, President of SCAN, a bipartisan organization that advocates for more access to high-quality early education, said, “I sincerely applaud Governor Raimondo for her continued dedication to ensuring that every child has the best possible start to life and am hopeful that legislative leaders will approve this critical investment.”
“A child’s early education directly corresponds to that child’s development and future successes in life. By investing in kids now, Rhode Island is making a direct investment in its future,” Shriver continued.
During her State of the State address earlier this week, Governor Raimondo announced: “I’m proposing a more than 50% increase in the number of high-quality public Pre-K classrooms throughout the state. That’s taking a big step forward toward our goal of Universal Pre-K for every 4-year-old in Rhode Island.”
SCAN will be working with local advocates and legislative leaders to ensure Rhode Island continues to expand Pre-K and remains a national leader on early childhood education issues.
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