SCAN-Endorsed Gina Raimondo Wins Rhode Island Democratic Gubernatorial Primary Race

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 12, 2018) – Save the Children Action Network (SCAN) tonight congratulated Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo for winning the Democratic nomination for governor and endorsed her for re-election in November.

“What a victory for kids! With her pledge to provide universal pre-K for all 4-year-olds in the state, Governor Raimondo quite literally could not make a stronger statement in favor of high-quality early childhood education,” said SCAN President Kris Perry.

Perry noted that Rhode Island is already ranked as the top state for quality pre-K by U.S. News and World Report. “Gina’s commitment to bring high-quality early learning to all 4-year-olds in Rhode Island can set the Ocean State ahead of all other states,” Perry said.

In her first term, Gov. Raimondo has established universal full-day kindergarten, increased access to public pre-K by tripling enrollment and signed into law the largest increase in a decade in child care assistance funding. Just this week, she announced a plan to provide pre-K for all 4-year-olds in the state.

Perry urged all voters who recognize the importance of high-quality early childhood education to cast their ballots for Raimondo in November. “Gina Raimondo is the candidate who will do the most to make sure all Rhode Island kids get a strong start in life,” she said.

In support of Raimondo’s re-election bid, SCAN spent more than $300,000 on a television ad that aired last month, as well as digital ads, two mailings and phone calls targeted to Rhode Island voters, which all highlighted her support for early childhood education.

In addition, SCAN staff is working to mobilize its grassroots advocates in the state on behalf of the governor’s early learning agenda.

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