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1 Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K) 4 All Children, Community, Commitment 1

2 GOAL of Pre-K K4All Provide access to high quality Pre-K Programs for all 4-year old children Scholarships for all students on free or reduced lunch assistance 2

3 Pre-K 4 All in Bartholomew County WHY? ACCESS for all, regardless of financial need WHAT? READY for success in school and in life HOW? CHOICES for all, Pre-K Pathways 3

4 Pre-K 4 All Pre-K is Important for Academic Success By age 5, 90% of brain growth is complete (Source: Early Childhood Development Coalition. (2008) Children s Learning Begins at Birth. ) 30% of our children are not ready for kindergarten 1 in 6 students who are unable to read proficiently by third grade will fail to graduate from high school on time (Hernandez, D.J. (2012) Double Jeopardy: How Third-Grade d Reading Skills and Poverty Influence High School Graduation. Hunter College and Graduate Center City University of New York) High quality Pre-K programs develop students more likely to read at grade level and 30% more likely to graduate from high school (Source: Heckman, J. & Cunha, F. (2006) Investing in Young People, University of Chicago, University College Dublin, the American Bar Association.) 35% (more than a third) of economically disadvantaged students who do not read proficiently by third grade and who live in neighborhoods with high concentrations of poverty fail to graduate. (Hernandez, D.J. (2012) Double Jeopardy: How ) WHY? Children 4

5 Pre-K 4 All Pre-K is Important for Bartholomew County s Economy High quality education is an important component to both attract and retain companies and employees in our community Quality preschool education is an investment in the future Focus on education attracts companies Pre-K helps to ensure an educated, high quality local workforce: Investing in Pre-K increases the long term educational attainment and job skills of the population (Source: Bartik, T. (2011), Investing in Kids: Early Childhood Programs and Local Economic Development, ) WHY? Community 5

6 Pre-K 4 All All Children Should Have the Opportunity to Attend Pre-K 50% of our families qualify for free or reduced lunch 22% of families (1 in 5) living at 100% of poverty level 400 the approximate number of homeless students enrolled in BCSC each year These families need full-day Pre-K, 5 days per week because they are working They need busing before and after school They need lunch provided for their children WHY? Children They need day care before and after school because parents have strict work schedules These families cannot afford to pay for high quality Pre-K 6

7 Local Success: BCSC Pre-K KP Pathways Pre-K Programs for 428 children at 11 BCSC locations Program goals: Each child will demonstrate 12 months of progress in the nine month school year 100% of students will meet or exceed kindergarten readiness standards Health and wellness screenings for students 100% parent involvement Data shows a 20% improvement in kindergarten passing rate compared to those not attending Pre-K. WHAT? Children 7

8 Pre-K 4 All Evidence Based Research on Benefits of Pre-K Perry Preschool Project, Ypsilanti, MI, ; randomized controlled trial of 128 children; Longitudinal Study (outcomes at age 27 and 40): Completed an average of 1 full year more of schooling Spent an average of 1.3 fewer years in special education services 44 % higher high school graduation rate (65 %vs vs. 45 %) Abecedarian Project, North Carolina, Started in 1972; randomized controlled trial of 120 families; Longitudinal Study (outcomes at age 30): Were 42% more likely to have been employed for at least 16 of the 24 months preceding the age-30 follow-up Were almost four times more likely to have graduated from college Completed more years of education WHAT? Community Are We Crazy About Kids? 8

9 Pre-K 4 All public Pre-K Program, Busy Bees Academy, is currently operating under private grant start up funding which ends in May of This level of funding moves Busy Bees Academy to five days and expands the Title 1 program to a five-day full-day program. BCSC is seeking public funding to continue offering Pre-K Programs with a referendum question in the November 2014 election. In our community there are about 900 four-year old children (Private options provide capacity for about half of these children). BCSC proposes to raise $1.8M/year for seven years to support Pre-K Programs for four-year olds on free / reduced lunch HOW? Commitment 9

10 Pre-K 4 All Public Option Referendum would add.05 cents (per $100 assessed value) to the property tax The cost for a $100,000 assessed value home with standard deductions and exemptions is approximately $16/year. The cost for a $150, assessed value home with standard deductions and exemptions is approximately $32/year. HOW? Commitment 10

11 Pre-K 4 All Pre-K K4Alli is a Good di Investment What is the Return on Taxpayer Investment? For every $1 spent, $7.16 in tax dollars is saved by age 27 Savings comes from higher earnings, reduced incidences of special education services, welfare assistance, and crime (W. Steven Barnett, Lives in the Balance: Age-27 Benefit-Cost Analysis of the HighScope Perry Preschool Program (Ypsilanti, Mich: HighScope Press, 1996). The Return on Investment t for Bartholomew County: 900 total 4 year olds => year olds on lunch assistance $1.8M in funding for scholarships $12.89M in tax dollars saved by age 27 HOW? Commitment 11

12 For Bartholomew County s children to reach their full potential ti regardless of their economic, social or family background WHAT? Children WHY? Community Pre-K 4 All HOW? Commitment 12

13 SAMPLE BALLOT For the seven years immediately following the holding of the referendum, shall the Bartholomew Consolidated d School Corporation impose a property tax rate that does not exceed five cents ($0.05) on each one hundred dollars ($100) of assessed valuation and that is in addition to all other property tax levies imposed by the school corporation for funding Pre- Kindergarten for four-year-olds on lunch assistance? YES NO 14

14 QUESTIONS? 15

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