SALT LAKE CITY — Nonprofit United Way presented its 2020 policy agenda Tuesday and highlighted several bills centered around early childhood education.
Following the nonprofit’s presentation, Utah legislative leadership participated in a panel discussion in which the lawmakers discussed an array of topics including the bills United Way spoke in favor of.
Rebecca Chavez-Houck, United Way of Salt Lake public policy committee co-chairwoman, said the nonprofit is championing legislation aimed at improving early childhood education because starting early has better long-term outcomes for children. It’s also, she said, cost-effective and backed by research showing “high-quality preschool drives kindergarten readiness and provides a foundation for literacy and numeracy.”
This impact is particularly influential for low-income children and can play a key role in reducing the disparity