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The military gets it: High-quality pre-kindergarten is crucial for youth readiness and a centerpiece of the military's child development system

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Overall, the military child development system, including on-base and off-base programs, has been recognized as a model for the nation, both in terms of quality and access. High quality pre-kindergarten programs can help children succeed in school and avoid criminal involvement, opening the doors to college, careers and military service, if they choose to serve. Increasing access to high-quality pre-kindergarten is a key investment in the readiness of our next generation and our future national security. Pennsylvania policy makers should follow the military’s lead and expand access to high-quality pre-k to all of the Commonwealth’s children. (author abstract)

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