Pre-K group praises Douglas

Pre-K Vermont, an organization consisting of pre-K owners and teachers, applauded Gov. Jim Douglas's inaugural statements about increasing investments in early childhood programs.

Research, the group claims, consistently shows the return on investment of state and federal funding for high quality pre-k programs, accessible for all three- and four-year-olds. Douglas said, "Access to affordable, quality early care and education provides a dual benefit: it lays the building blocks for a successful future, ensuring children arrive at kindergarten ready to learn; and, it removes the single biggest barrier for parents in poverty to move into the workforce."

"We think the governor is on the right track with his support for early education programs," said Pre-K Vermont member Lisa Ventriss, president of Vermont Business Roundtable. "Research shows a significant return on investment for this type of state expenditure and we support it wholeheartedly."

Pre-K Vermont is an organization dedicated to early education programs that are accessible to all Vermont's three and four year olds.

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