The Times West Virginian

July 14, 2013

West Virginia still has ‘more work to do’ with pre-K

By Mary Wade Burnside
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — When it comes to early childhood learning, West Virginia ranks in many top 10 lists that measure accessibility to pre-kindergarten programs.

That does not mean room for improvement does not exist, and to that end, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin created the West Virginia Early Childhood Planning Task Force.

In May, Tomblin issued an executive order, acting upon remarks he made earlier in the year during his State of the State address.

“We have done an admirable job in pre-K,” said Julie Pratt, project director of the West Virginia Early Childhood Planning Task Force. “But we still have more work to do. The concern now is making sure that children are ready for kindergarten.”

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