Pre-K Ought To Be National PriorityEarly Childhood
Hartford Courant, by Bruce Lesley
It’s disappointing that politics derailed efforts to improve early education [June 8, Connecticut, “Legislators: Late Deal Led To Demise”]. But in improving quality and affordability, Connecticut doesn’t have to go it alone.
It’s about fairness. Just 48 percent of low-income children enter kindergarten school-ready, compared with three-fourths of higher-income kids. Quality pre-kindergarten levels the playing field, especially for poor kids. And it cultivates “soft skills” prized by employers, such as focus and critical thinking, giving today’s kids a better chance to compete in tomorrow’s economy. …Read more