2004 Adopted Resolutions
72nd Annual Meeting
Boston

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QUALITY PRE-KINDERGARTEN FOR ALL

WHEREAS, access to quality early learning opportunities for all children, from infancy to 5 years-old, can only be accomplished through a strong partnership of parents, early childhood advocates, educators, policy makers, private and faith-based providers, community and business leaders, and elected officials; and

†††† WHEREAS, the school readiness problem that exists in K-12 education affects children of every income, cultural, language, disability and social background; and

†††† WHEREAS, repeating grades, rising remedial training, and struggling students are common symptoms of the growing school readiness problem in K-12; and

†††† WHEREAS, there can be a greater impact on later academic success by providing quality pre-kindergarten education opportunities; and

†††† WHEREAS, only 50 percent of our nationís three and four-year olds are enrolled in high quality pre-kindergarten programs; and

†††† WHEREAS, research has shown that pre-kindergarten education (usually 3 and 4 year-olds) increases educational success and adult productivity including increasing cognitive abilities and achievement, improves social behavior, increases educational attainment, and increases employment, earnings and tax revenue as well as decreases the costs of government for schooling, social services, crime and health care; and

†††† WHEREAS, results from one of the major pre-school studies indicates that those, who where enrolled in a quality pre-school program, when at the age of 27 were three times more likely to own their own home, twice as likely never to be on welfare, four times more likely t/o be earning more than $2,000 per month, and have half as many arrests as those who did not participate; and

†††† WHEREAS, nearly 90 percent of the nationís voters support the view that there needs to be governmental support for pre-school programs so that all parents can afford to enroll their children in high quality programs; and

†††† WHEREAS, pre-kindergarten programs are being included as part of court decisions involving state education funding adequacy cases; and

†††† WHEREAS, lack of access to quality pre-kindergarten programs results in lost economic growth to cities, lower worker productivity, and increased costs to government,

†††† NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that The U.S. Conference of Mayors urges the federal and state governments to establish policies and funding to assist in the funding of quality pre-school education programs for all children; and

†††† BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The U.S. Conference of Mayors calls on increased funding for Head Start to expand the number of children who can participate and increase the salaries paid to the programís teachers and aides;

†††† BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The U.S. Conference of Mayors encourages the funding of programs at the state and federal level to help educate, train and retain good preschool programs and staff, including support for higher education and better compensation so staff remain in the field of early childhood education; and

†††† BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The U.S. Conference of Mayors supports quality pre-kindergarten education programs for all as a common standard for every child throughout the United States.