Investing in quality pre-K provides short-term and lasting benefits for Philadelphia.
Quality pre-K nurtures growing minds during critical years of development. It ensures that all children arrive to kindergarten ready to learn. Quality pre-K is also linked to better health outcomes, increased graduation rates, and higher earning potential.
Cost should not prevent a parent's ability to choose quality pre-K for their child. This program makes quality learning opportunities for 3- and 4-year-olds more convenient and affordable for families.
Two-thirds of children in Philadelphia entered the 4th grade unable to read at grade level. Quality pre-K reduces grade repetition and the need for special education services. This provides a significant cost savings to K–12 schools.
This investment strengthens neighborhood-based pre-K providers, most of which are minority and women-owned businesses. Studies show that pre-K providers and staff spend earnings locally, benefitting our entire economy.