This November, City of Tucson voters will be able to cast a ballot on Proposition 204, Strong Start Tucson, a measure intended to fund high-quality preschool for thousands of children in our community who currently do not have that experience. As conceived, Prop. 204 would utilize funds from a sales tax increase of one-half percent to provide financial aid scholarships, based on need, to help pay tuition at structured preschool programs. One of C2C’s founding goals is to ensure that one in three children in Pima County attends high-quality preschool by 2020. According to our research, less than one in five do so today primarily due to cost. As proponents for improving education outcomes throughout all of Pima County, C2C does not take positions on legislation specific to the City of Tucson. All the same, Prop. 204 has our attention, and we believe it should have yours. Voters should read the bill to understand its intent as well as the funding plan. Resources and opinions are available at www.strongstarttucson.org – where the proposal is published at http://www.strongstarttucson.org/faq -- as well as through other organizations committed to education in our community.
BizTucson highlights the successful Cradle to Career Partnership anchored at United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona. The article notes we are making progress in enhancing educational outcomes that will increase the talent pool here in Southern Arizona.