This article first appeared on eastvalleytribune.com Nov. 6, 2017. 

Hoping to combat a longstanding poverty problem at its roots, Mesa is launching an innovative pilot program to prepare more low-income children for kindergarten, increasing their opportunity to succeed in school.

The overall goal of Mesa K-Ready, based on programs in Tempe and throughout the nation, is to create a more educated workforce in Mesa, with fewer high school dropouts and more college graduates.

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