Councilwoman Rudiak in NY, NY to learn more about pre-school
The Grable Foundation has partnered with The Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children (PAEYC) to design a series of learning tours to foster innovative early childhood education, strategies and policies.
Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak will represent Pittsburgh City Council on the first of these learning tours to New York City Monday and Tuesday, July 14-15, to learn about New York City’s universal Pre-K program.
Councilwoman Rudiak has advocated for a “Pittsburgh Promise for preschoolers,” in which every pre-school age child living in the City of Pittsburgh would have access to a free, high-quality preschool education. She has also been an early champion of the Pre-K for PA Campaign (http://www.prekforpa.org), a project of the The Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children (PAEYC). Pre-K for PA is a statewide non-partisan campaign to ensure that all 3 and 4 year olds in Pennsylvania have access to high quality Pre-K.
PAEYC works to support high-quality care and education for young children across 10 counties in Southwestern Pennsylvania. The Grable Foundation, also focused on southwestern Pennsylvania, seeks to help children and youth become independent, caring, contributing members of society by supporting programs critical to a child’s successful development.
“Research has shown that investing in high-quality early education yields higher returns than any other public investment. I believe that a child’s access to high-quality early-childhood education should not be an accident of birth, and that it should be available and affordable for all Pittsburgh children. New York City is leading the way, and I look forward to learning about the city’s successes and challenges so we can provide the best for our children at home,” Councilwoman Rudiak stated.