"Pre-K Now" national satellite conference scheduled
Texas District 25 Sen. Jeff Wentworth will provide opening remarks for the Pre-K Now national satellite conference to be broadcast at Texas State University on Dec. 10 for area early childhood advocates.
Texas State University serves as one of Texas’ 28 host sites for the national satellite teleconference sponsored by the early childhood education advocacy group Pre-K Now. “We are pleased to be again hosting this broadcast for area early childhood service providers, policy makers, advocates, and students,” said Kim Porterfield, director of Community Relations for Texas State.
This year’s conference is titled “Breaking Down Barriers to Quality Pre-K,” and it will include uplinks to video and audio discussions from early care and education advocates and leaders from all across the country on winning victories for young children and implementing high-quality early education.
Hosted by Ray Suarez of the PBS NewsHour, the satellite conference has proven to be a very successful tool for pre-k advocates and supporters. The conference has continually grown in size and scope and this year’s broadcast will be more exciting than ever.
Immediately following the national broadcast, the Texas Early Childhood Education Coalition (TECEC), the statewide early childhood education advocacy organization, will conduct a Texas-specific broadcast.
Sen. Jeff Wentworth is serving his sixth term in the Texas Senate where he was president pro tem in 2004-2005 and where he was inaugurated as Governor of Texas for a Day on November 20, 2004.
Wentworth, a fourth-generation Texan, was first elected to the Texas Senate in 1992 after serving nearly five years in the Texas House of Representatives. The Republican senator from San Antonio represents more than 700,000 Texans in six counties located in the heart of the state.
He is the chairman of the Senate Committee on Jurisprudence and serves on the Administration; Transportation and Homeland Security; and Intergovernmental Relations Committees. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Natural Resources Foundation of Texas and the Board of Trustees of the United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County.
Prior public service includes five years in the Texas House of Representatives, one year as a university system regent, six years as a county commissioner, two years as a city attorney, three years as a Congressional assistant, and three years as a United States Army counterintelligence officer.