A few years ago, San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro – the Democratic
first Hispanic keynote convention speaker – decided his city
needed to expand its preschool opportunities for young children.
To pay for it, Castro built a coalition of public-private
partnerships and bipartisan support and convinced voters in 2012
to approve a new tax that would fund expanded preschool
opportunities throughout the city. Known as “Pre-K 4 San
Antonio,” the program launched in the fall and is expected to
expand in the coming years. Castro was the keynote speaker
at EWA’s recent seminar for journalists on early childhood
education, held at Tulane University in New Orleans.