FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact: Brendan Daly, [email protected], (646) 520-7203
WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 15, 2018) – Save the Children Action Network (SCAN) today announced its endorsement of Governor Gina Raimondo for re-election as governor of Rhode Island and is strongly supporting her in the September 12th Democratic primary.
“We are proud to support Gina Raimondo, a proven champion for kids in the Ocean State,” said Kris Perry, president of SCAN. “In her first term, she has established universal full-day kindergarten, increased access to public pre-K by tripling enrollment for our youngest learners, and signed into law the largest increase in a decade in child care assistance funding.”
Perry urged Democratic primary voters who recognize the importance of high-quality early childhood education to cast their ballots for Raimondo. “Gina is the candidate who will do the most to make sure all Rhode Island kids get a strong start in life,” she said.
In support of Raimondo’s re-election bid, SCAN will spend more than $300,000 on a new television ad that will begin airing today, as well as digital ads and mailings targeted to Rhode Island voters, which will highlight her support for early childhood education.
In addition, SCAN staff will work to mobilize its grassroots advocates in the state on behalf of the governor’s early learning agenda, which includes an ambitious plan to make preschool universal.
Research from Nobel Prize-winning economist Dr. James Heckman has found the rate of return on investment in early childhood development for many children can be 13 percent per child, per year, due to improved outcomes in education, health, sociability and economic productivity.
The TV ad touts Raimondo’s strong record on the economy and early learning and concludes: “There’s more to do,” a narrator says. “But Gina Raimondo is just getting warmed up.”
# # #
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. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.