Event Tomorrow: Lieberman To Participate In Press Conference Highlighting $1.2 Billion Federal Investment In Childhood Education

August 24, 2021
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Event Tomorrow: Lieberman To Participate In Press Conference Highlighting $1.2 Billion Federal Investment In Childhood Education

PHOENIX - Tomorrow education leaders will gather for a press conference celebrating the $1.2 billion federal investment in childhood education. As one of the legislature's champions for education, Rep. Aaron Lieberman will join Rep. Lorenzo Sierra, Dr. Melissa Boydston, Barbie Prinster, members of the Arizona Early Childhood Alliance, and other early education leaders and providers to outline the statewide impacts of this investment.  

Arizona's early childhood education providers have been starving for adequate funding for years. But now this historic federal investment will begin to address this education crisis and provide much-needed relief to the state's floundering education system. 

The event will be hosted by Tolleson Elementary School Superintendent Lupita Hightower, who operates pre-schools that predominantly serve low-income families that participate in the national school lunch program. Sierra, D-Avondale, and Lieberman, D-Phoenix, have sponsored bills in the past two legislative sessions to restore the education funding cuts. Specifically, $48 million of the award will restore pre-k slots including openings at Tolleson elementary schools that were cut when federal funds were eliminated in 2020. The inclusion of these funds was based on Representative Sierra’s HB2015 appropriation; preschool development grants,  which he and Rep. Lieberman have advocated for during the last two legislative sessions.  

"When we put our children first and come together to solve problems, there is nothing we can't achieve," said Rep. Lieberman. 

When: The press conference will begin at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 25

Where: Sheely Farms  Elementary School, 9450 W. Encanto St., Phoenix

For directions or logistical questions contact Gisselle Herrera, Tolleson Elementary Executive Director for  Curriculum and Instruction 

Contact: 623-262-2713 , [email protected]

Rep. Aaron Lieberman is a state representative for Legislative District 28, a social entrepreneur, and a candidate for Arizona Governor. After seeing first-hand the effectiveness and success of early childhood intervention programs, Aaron launched Jumpstart, a national nonprofit to ensure all children had the opportunity to enter kindergarten prepared to succeed.  To date, more than 50,000 college students have served, working with more than 100,000 children and earning over $200 million in scholarships through AmeriCorps. Later, he founded Acelero Learning to close the achievement gap for Head Start children. Impacting over 40,000 kids every day, children enrolled in Acelero’s programs make gains at nearly three times the national average. Aaron was born and raised in Arizona. He and his wife live in Phoenix, where they’re raising their two sons. Aaron’s daughter is studying history at Yale, his alma mater.

For more information, please visit aaron4az.com. Follow Aaron on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @aaron4az.