SCAN Endorses Colin Van Ostern in New Hampshire Democratic Gubernatorial Primary Race

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 18, 2016) – Save the Children Action Network (SCAN) today announced its endorsement of Colin Van Ostern in the New Hampshire Democratic gubernatorial primary race.

“We are proud to support Colin Van Ostern, a proven champion for kids in the Granite State,” said Mark Shriver, President of SCAN. “As the son of an elementary school teacher and now a father of two young boys, he understands that in order to build a stronger economy where every child from every town has the opportunity to succeed, New Hampshire must fully fund and ensure access to full-day kindergarten in every community and expand high-quality public pre-K options across the state. Democratic primary voters would be wise to cast their ballots for Van Ostern because he is the candidate who will do the most to make sure all kids get a strong start to life.”

According to a recent survey commissioned by SCAN and conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, Colin Van Ostern leads a field of four candidates with 30 percent of the vote. The survey of 400 likely voters in the September 13th Democratic primary had a margin of error of 4.9 percent.

Notably, after voters hear Van Ostern’s plans to expand early childhood education and provide access to full-day kindergarten to every New Hampshire community, his support swells to 55 percent. Among women, his support jumps from 31 percent initially to 57 percent after voters hear his early education plan.

This substantial increase reflects New Hampshire primary voters’ impressive support for early childhood education.

“Van Ostern is well-positioned to win this primary, but with one third of the electorate still undecided, much work remains over the next four weeks,” said Shriver. “He can close the deal by making it clear to voters that he shares their commitment to early childhood education. SCAN will work to educate and engage voters to make sure they support the candidate who will best work to invest in kids if they are elected.”

  • Some highlights of the survey include:
    A 75 percent majority of Democratic primary voters support increasing spending and investment in early childhood education, compared to 22 percent who only want to maintain current levels of spending;
  • A 60 percent majority of Democratic primary voters believe New Hampshire should work to make high-quality preschool accessible to all 4-year-olds. An additional 28 percent would support universal access for low-income families, with only 8 percent opposing additional investments in early childhood education;
  • Perhaps most notably, a 70 percent majority believe investments in early childhood education can serve as a long term prevention strategy to combat New Hampshire’s heroin and opioid crisis.

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Save the Children Action Network is the political voice for kids. We believe that every child deserves the best start in life. That’s why we’re building bipartisan will and voter support to make sure every child in the U.S. has access to high-quality early learning and that no mother or child around the globe dies from a preventable disease or illness. By investing in kids and holding leaders accountable, we are helping kids from birth to age five survive and thrive.