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WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 10, 2018) – Save the Children Action Network (SCAN) will release a new broadcast television ad today in support of Governor Gina Raimondo’s bid for re-election, strongly backing her agenda to improve and expand early childhood education in Rhode Island.
The ad notes that thanks to Raimondo, Rhode Island preschools are ranked among the best in the nation and that she established universal full-day kindergarten in her first term. Now the governor wants to provide pre-K for all 4-year-olds in the state.
“High-quality early childhood education programs aren’t just good for our kids—they’re good for Rhode Island,” said Kris Perry, president of SCAN. “Universal Pre-K could boost Rhode Island’s economy by more than $230 million, a return of nine dollars for every one dollar invested.”
Perry urged voters who recognize the importance of high-quality early childhood education to cast their ballots for Raimondo. “Gina’s commitment to bring high-quality early learning to all 4-year-olds in Rhode Island can set the Ocean State ahead of all other states.”
SCAN, a bipartisan organization that supports political candidates who prioritize access to and investments in high-quality early childhood education, will air TV ads through Election Day, Nov. 6. The organization will spend approximately $600,000 on the TV ad buy and digital ads across the state. It will also send mailers to targeted voters highlighting Raimondo’s support for early childhood education.
In addition to paid voter contact efforts, SCAN staff will work to mobilize its grassroots advocates in the state on behalf of the Raimondo’s early learning agenda and will work with her in 2019 to turn her ambitious plan of universal access to preschool a reality.
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