New Video Series: The Power of Pre-K

It’s not just students, parents, and educators who recognize the power of high-quality pre-kindergarten, both to building the foundation for learning and for leveling the playing field among student groups for kindergarten readiness. Our new video series features prominent Texans from a variety of industries and perspectives, all speaking to the importance of high-quality, full-day pre-K to Texas students, the educational and workforce pipelines, and the future economy of Texas.

John Cullen is a partner at Capstar Partners, a private investment firm, and a leader of Early Matters Greater Austin. Capstar specializes in helping companies grow and operate more efficiently.

Watch his interview (left) to learn why Cullen calls pre-K, “the best return on investment we can possibly get.”

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