Delaware County Pre-K for PA honors Davidson as Pre-K Champion

DREXEL HILL, May 3 – Delaware County Pre-K for PA this week named state Rep. Margo Davidson as a 2017 Pre-K Champion based on her work supporting early childhood education.

Davidson was one of seven lawmakers honored during a ceremony Monday at Delco Early Learning Center.

According to the group, Pre-K for PA Campaign identified Davidson because of her leadership and advocacy for greater access to high-quality pre-k in Pennsylvania communities. New state pre-k funding in the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 state budgets was welcome news, as more than 6,000 income-eligible three- and four-year-olds were afforded access to programs such as Pre-K Counts and Head Start.

Access to high-quality publicly funded pre-k must remain a priority for the commonwealth in the 2017-2018 state budget as more than 113,000 young children across the state lack access to this opportunity, the group wrote in a release.

“Children’s brains experience the greatest amount of growth before they are 5 years old,” Davidson said. “We must invest any and all resources to them during this precious time. For my part, that includes money just as much as it includes a healthy diet full of vegetables and protein.

“For every dollar we spend teaching children at a young age, we are saving seven dollars down the line on the chances for incarceration, illiteracy or joblessness. It is a privilege to accept this award, for doing something that I am morally bound to support.

“Thank you to all the groups that help make the issue of pre-k funding as simple as it really is: invest in children early to make better, more productive adults later. That’s the recipe for success.”