During a standing room only event last week, political leaders, educators, and early childhood education advocates outlined the state of early childhood education in San Antonio. Hosted by The Atlantic, the series of multiple panels focused on successful policies that support early childhood education, the business case for putting programs like Pre-K 4 SA in place and the parent’s perspective for support of early childhood education programs.

Speakers included San Antonio Chamber President & CEO Richard Perez who also serves as a board member for Pre-K 4 SA.  Focusing on the business case for early childhood education, Perez noted that business input and support of early childhood education is critical to success. This was echoed by Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Early Learning, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Libby Doggett who remarked on the San Antonio Chamber’s role in the successful vote to bring about the funding for Pre-K 4 SA.  “The Chamber’s role was a game changer for Pre-K 4 SA,” remarked Deputy Asst. Secretary Doggett.

Other presenters during the half-day conference included U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and former San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, U.S. Representative Joaquin Castro, San Antonio City Councilman Ray Lopez, and Texas Representative Dan Huberty.

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