Indiana County Sheriff Robert Fyock is asking for help in requesting that lawmakers continue to expand support of early education programs in the state.
He put out the call Tuesday when he and state Rep. Dave Reed, R-Indiana, visited an early learning classroom at the University Early Care and Education Center at IUP.
The impact of such supportive programs, according to Fyock, can go a long way toward preventing kids from becoming involved in criminal activity later in life.
“Investing in high-quality early care and education helps at-risk children in Pennsylvania succeed,” he said, adding that early education programs increase their chances of graduating high school and reduces the chance that they’ll commit crimes.
Doing so, he also said, can save taxpayer money by reducing costs that fall onto the criminal justice system.
Fyock is a member of the national anti-crime organization Fight Crime: Invest in Kids. The group includes police chiefs, sheriffs, prosecutors and others. Among its 5,000 members nationwide, more than 200 are in Pennsylvania.