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Sen. Murray to Stop by Tri-Cities to Discuss Gap in Early Childhood Education

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RICHLAND, Wash. -- Research shows that benefits from pre-kindergarten education carries over into not only the first years of school, but into adulthood.

These benefits include increased academic success, improvements in emotional wellness and behavior. Children are also less likely to commit a violent crime and are more likely to graduate high school and attend college.

Currently, about 91% of eligible three-year-olds and 80% of eligible four-year-olds in Washington State don't attend Pre-K.

In an effort to fight that trend, U.S. Senator Patty Murray is stressing the importance of early childhood education.

Murray will visit the Benton Franklin Head Start Administration in Richland Thursday at 12:45PM to  push her "Ready to Learn" Act.

The legislation would help prepare children for kindergarten by providing funding for states to establish voluntary preschool programs.

Murray's "Ready to Learn" act is currently in the U.S. Senate.