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Raise Your Hand Texas needs your help
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March, 2009

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Email your Legislator today in support of high-quality full-day pre-k

Email your legislator now


We need your help. You can make a lasting, positive impact benefiting the children of Texas by sending your Legislator an email in support of high-quality full-day pre-k.

Why is pre-k important?

As shown in the Texas A&M University Bush School of Government study on pre-k:

Children who had a high-quality pre-k experience were:

  • 30% more likely to complete high school;
  • 66% less likely to be retained;
  • 41% less likely to be placed in special education;
  • 33% less likely to be arrested by age 18;
  • 41% less likely to be arrested for a violent crime by age 18.

Summarized in Fight Crime, Invest in Kids: Crime and America's Dropout Crisis, high-quality pre-k increases graduation rates and cuts crime.

  • High-quality pre-k increases high school graduation rates by as much as 44%.
  • In Texas, increasing graduation rates prevents 277 murders and 14,873 assaults.
  • By age 27, at-risk three and four-year-olds left out of [an] effective [pre-k] program were five times more likely to be chronic law breakers than similar children who attended the program.
  • Youngsters left out of high- quality program[s] were 70% more likely than program participants to have been arrested for a violent crime by age 18. 
  • Raise Your Hand Texas supports House Bill 130 and Senate Bill 21: High-quality full-day pre-k for currently eligible children.

What do HB 130 and SB 21 do?

  • Expands current half-day program to those who are eligible to full-day in a manner consistent with the expansion to full-day kindergarten.
  • Creates a 1.2 weighted average daily attendance (WADA) for full-day pre-kindergarten.
  • Emphasizes quality and creates a 11:1 student to staff ratio and a class size limit of 22 for pre-kindergarten, regardless of delivery setting.
  • Requires that 20 percent of new pre-k funds be used to support community-based providers.
  • Read full text of these bills: HB 130 & SB 21.

Now is the time to act!  Encourage your members of the Texas Legislature to support high-quality, full-day pre-k today. Please email your Texas Legislators today in support of this critical legislation.


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