Commission on universal Pre-K added to the ballot
One more question will be added to the May 2015 ballot. Mayor Michael Nutter today signed legislation that was approved unanimously by City Council to create an independent commission on universal pre-Kindergarten.
If approved by voters, the commission will conduct a comprehensive analysis of whether to implement universal pre-kindergarten for 3 and 4 year olds in Philadelphia, including evaluating proposals for funding.
“In Philadelphia, two out of every three low-income 3 and 4 year olds lack access to high-quality pre-kindergarten. Yet research shows that investing in our youngest residents is the most effective way to ensure the next generation of Philadelphians is prepared to reach their full potential and succeed in school, the workplace and beyond,” Nutter said.
If approved by voters, the commission will be comprised of 17 members, including five mayoral appointees and five City Council appointees.
The 10 appointees would include child care providers, representatives from the business community, educators, education advocates, regional or national pre-kindergarten experts and parents.
The remaining seven members would include two City Council members, the Superintendent of the School District of Philadelphia, the City’s Director of Finance, Director of Commerce, Commissioner for the Department of Human Services and the Deputy Secretary for the Office of Child Development and Early Learning at the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services.
“I want to encourage Philadelphians to approve this ballot question, which will allow the Commission to propose how best to implement and fund high-quality early childhood learning in Philadelphia,” Nutter said.