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The Steuben Courier Advocate
  • Robertson: Pre-k plan would boost economy in long run

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  • Martha Robertson, who's running for U.S. Rep. Tom Reed's seat in Congress in November, recently announced her support for a bill to increase access to preschool for low- and middle-income children.
    The bill was introduced in the Senate by Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, with co-sponsors including Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, and in the House by Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., with co-sponsors including Republicans Richard Hanna and Michael Grimm of New York.
    It would create funding for a 10-year early childhood education initiative that would offer grants to states to provide pre-kindergarten education for those whose family income is at or below twice the poverty level.
    "As a former kindergarten teacher, I understand firsthand that early childhood education is a necessary investment that will not only expand opportunity and further the success of children, it will prepare the next generation to compete in a global economy," Robertson said.
    She said Rep. Reed's failure to support is bad for the country's economic future.
    "I've seen early success in school make a huge difference in children's futures, but unfortunately, access to pre-k education is out of reach for too many New York families," Robertson said. "Congressman Tom Reed is missing in action on this critical bi-partisan bill to boost pre-K funding."

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