Raise Your Hand Texas needs your help
We need your help. You can make a lasting, positive impact benefiting the children of Texas by sending your Legislator an email in support of high-quality full-day pre-k.
Why is pre-k important?
As shown in the Texas A&M University Bush School of Government study on pre-k:
Children who had a high-quality pre-k experience were:
- 30% more likely to complete high school;
- 66% less likely to be retained;
- 41% less likely to be placed in special education;
- 33% less likely to be arrested by age 18;
- 41% less likely to be arrested for a violent crime by age 18.
Summarized in Fight Crime, Invest in Kids: Crime and America's Dropout Crisis, high-quality pre-k increases graduation rates and cuts crime.
- High-quality pre-k increases high school graduation rates by as much as 44%.
- In Texas, increasing graduation rates prevents 277 murders and 14,873 assaults.
- By age 27, at-risk three and four-year-olds left out of [an] effective [pre-k] program were five times more likely to be chronic law breakers than similar children who attended the program.
- Youngsters left out of high- quality program[s] were 70% more likely than program participants to have been arrested for a violent crime by age 18.
- Raise Your Hand Texas supports House Bill 130 and Senate Bill 21: High-quality full-day pre-k for currently eligible children.
What do HB 130 and SB 21 do?
- Expands current half-day program to those who are eligible to full-day in a manner consistent with the expansion to full-day kindergarten.
- Creates a 1.2 weighted average daily attendance (WADA) for full-day pre-kindergarten.
- Emphasizes quality and creates a 11:1 student to staff ratio and a class size limit of 22 for pre-kindergarten, regardless of delivery setting.
- Requires that 20 percent of new pre-k funds be used to support community-based providers.
- Read full text of these bills: HB 130 & SB 21.
Now is the time to act! Encourage your members of the Texas Legislature to support high-quality, full-day pre-k today. Please email your Texas Legislators today in support of this critical legislation.