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Cole Co-Chairs Pre-K Caucus

April 15, 2016
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) joined co-chairs Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Richard Hanna (NY-22) and Katherine Clark (MA-05) in launching the first-ever Congressional Pre-K Caucus this week. Currently consisting of 26 members on both sides of the aisle, the caucus is meant to highlight the importance of access to early education. 

“The success of future generations depends on the investment made in our children during the earliest and most formative years,” said Congressman Cole. “When kids are given the opportunity to build an early foundation for learning, they are much more likely to thrive in education at every grade thereafter. That’s why I’m proud to partner with my colleagues in launching the bipartisan Pre-K Caucus, which will draw important attention to the benefits of early childhood education.” 

“Completing high-quality pre-kindergarten sets kids up to succeed academically and professionally,” said Congressman Castro. “Investing in our kids early on will yield long-term benefits for our nation by strengthening our future workforce and increasing America’s competitiveness around the world. I look forward to working with my fellow co-chairs and other Pre-K Caucus members to highlight the value of high-quality pre-kindergarten and identify policies that will increase early learning in the United States.”

“High-quality early learning guarantees a reduction in spending on entitlements, welfare and incarceration,” said Congressman Hanna. “It also lowers obesity rates, helping to reduce healthcare costs. By focusing on early education we can begin to break the back of intergenerational poverty, producing more taxpayers and a more competitive America through a better-educated, growing middle class. We cannot guarantee every child equal success in life, but we can promise them the opportunity to be successful. I hope this Congressional Pre-K Caucus is the beginning of a sustained bipartisan conversation on how expanding access to early education will make our economy more competitive and ensure each child has the opportunity to reach his or her full potential. One in four children starts their life in poverty. Through our efforts, we can help ensure their lives do not end in poverty.”

“Access to affordable, high quality early childhood education is as close to a silver bullet as we are going to find to solve our economic challenges,” said Congresswoman Clark. “We started the Pre-K Caucus because our investments in our youngest learners are the strongest investments we can make in the future successes of our economy.”

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