Team Leader Rep. Stephens and Other Legislative Leaders Visit Pre-K, Discuss Access to Early Educational Opportunities

Local legislators, law enforcement officials meet in Lower Providence to support Pre-K for PA

By Brendan Wills, The Times Herald

LOWER PROVIDENCE >> During a Pre-K for PA campaign workshop Thursday morning at the Play and Learn Collegeville early childhood education center, local law enforcements officials, legislators and education specialists unanimously voiced their support for increased funding to early childhood education.

Play and Learn Program Coordinator, Melanie Godhania; Play and Learn Collegeville Center Director, Jill Law; State Director of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, Bruce Clash; Limerick Township Police Chief, William Albany; Upper Gwynedd Township Police Chief, David Duffy; District Attorney, Risa Ferman; State Rep. Mike Vereb (R – 150th Dist.); State Rep. Todd Stephens (R – 151st Dist.); and State Sen. John Rafferty (R – 44th Dist.), met to discuss how access to early childhood education not only helps children succeed in life, but also helps to lower the costs of incarcerating criminals who did not have adequate education to guide them through life.

“It’s a strategic time to reprioritize investments and make pre-K a priority over the next four years,” Clash said, pointing to the disparity in funds spent in Pennsylvania on incarceration and pre-K.


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