The Iowa Business Council spoke before the Senate Education committee on Monday, to urge lawmakers not eliminate funds for public preschool programs.

Elliott Smith told lawmakers the state has an economic and moral imperative to make sure its youngest citizens are prepared for success. The quality of Iowa’s education system has been a top priority for the Business Council for many years. It’s the graduates of this system from which our labor pool is stocked and replenished,” Smith said.

“Access to quality early childhood education should be available to parents of all Iowa children regardless of socioeconomic status — with no gaps.” According to Smith, state-funded preschool is a selling point when Iowa businesses are trying to lure employees to move here from other states.

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