From: Zenia Frendt
To: Lee Perry,
Subject: Vote Yes on HB96!
Date: Tue Feb 11 16:15:51 MST 2014
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Feb 11, 2014 Representative Lee Perry State Capitol , Suite 350 350 North State Street Salt Lake City, UT 84114 Dear Representative Perry, I am writing to ask that you support school readiness and vote YES on HB96. HB96 is about giving parents CHOICES and providing at-risk children with opportunities for a better life! This DOES NOT require parents to put their children in preschool, rather it is about quality options for parents and their children. Not all parents have the leisure time to stay home with their children all day. Isn't it better to give these parents the choice of having their child in a HIGH QUALITY setting than spending the day watching TV with an older sibling? EDUCATION is an equalizer that can help at risk children break the vicious cycle of poverty-crime-ignorance. High-quality preschool is a proven strategy that changes the odds for at-risk children who lack opportunity. Participation in a high-quality preschool program ensures these children enter kindergarten on-track with their peers and reach proven benchmarks. It also increases their chances of graduating from high school, receiving post-secondary education, and obtaining a stable job, which ultimately, SAVES the state and taxpayers MILLIONS by avoiding costly remediation programs. HB96 will offer an innovative way to partner with the private sector, increase the number of at-risk students who can access high-quality preschool programs, and ensure that children are ready to learn. I encourage you to support this VITAL legislation for our kids, our communities, and for the future of our state. Sincerely, Ms. Zenia Frendt 4783 S Naniloa Dr Salt Lake City, UT 84117-5549 (801) 557-7966