|By Sarah Hofius Hall, The Citizens' Voice, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
The analysis, released by the statewide Pre-K for PA campaign and conducted by ReadyNation/America's Edge, calculates how an expansion of early education in the Commonwealth generates business and jobs and found that statewide, every dollar
Students attend publicly funded preschool through some school districts, federally funded
Additional funding would allow more seats to open and more people to be hired. In return, those centers and their employees purchase goods and services from other local employers. The analysis shows more than the academic benefits of early childhood education, and looks at how the programs strengthen communities through consumer spending and job creation.
"Those benefits really do compound," she said. "The investment in the child really compounds into the community."
"Clearly strengthening our education base in our region will have a great impact," he said. "Education is as fundamental to economic development and viability in this region as anything."
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