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    VIDEO: Greatness Starts in Pre-K

    From scales to symphonies. From counting to calculus. The seeds of greatness are planted early.

    High-quality, full-day pre-K provides an environment where the seeds of greatness can take root. Where talent, innovation, ingenuity, and critical thinking are nurtured and developed.

    The possibilities are endless. After all, we’re talking about Texas students here. And the future of our students will be the future of Texas.

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    For more information about pre-kindergarten in Texas and how the state should invest to expand pre-K for the students who need it most, visit our our pre-k advocacy key issue page.

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