WHAT: Press Conference Call WHEN: Tuesday, August 26 at 3 p.m.
Mayor Bill Peduto announced Monday a 20-member task force to help Pittsburgh secure federal funding for early childhood education programs. The Mayor's Blue Ribbon Panel on Early Childhood Education, created by executive order, is charged with helping the city prepare a grant application for the Preschool Development Grants Competition. The grant program could funnel as much as $20 million into Pennsylvania, according to the mayor's office. “Pittsburgh must keep developing as a city of learning ... and providing early childhood education is essential to that development,” Peduto said in a statement. According to the mayor's office, fewer than half of the city's 10,000 children between ages 1 and 5 are provided with any form of education before kindergarten.
PSBA Website August 5, 2014