Governor Greg Abbott today listed investing in optional, high-quality PreK programs as one of his legislative priorities in his State of the State Address. PreK advocates, including Dallas Foundation President & CEO Mary Jalonick, Texans Care For Children's Stephanie Rubin and Children At Risk- Statewide Research and Advocacy's Bob Sanborn, all praised the Governor's ongoing commitment to the importance of PreK.
“As long-term private investors in high quality early education, the 39 grantmakers who make up the Texas Education Grantmakers Advocacy Consortium understand the significant impact that investing in quality pre-kindergarten has on the academic and social emotional success of Texas students. We commend Governor Abbott for recognizing the significance of this ROI and for prioritizing high quality pre-kindergarten from the day he took his oath of office. We know that the response to the high quality pre-K grant program (HB 4) over the last year has been overwhelming because Texas school districts also prioritize pre-kindergarten as a critical first step for their youngest students. We stand ready to continue to support the Governor and the Texas Legislature as partners in our state’s commitment to providing high quality pre-kindergarten in Texas, " Mary Jalonick, President and CEO, The Dallas Foundation and Chair, Texas Education Grantmakers Advocacy Consortium
Read the transcript of the press conference here.
Read reaction from other PreK advocates here.