Former Mayor Tim Burgess is absolutely right, “Pre-K education lifts all children.” Cities across America, including Seattle, must invest in preparing their youngest residents for kindergarten and later success in life.
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As a parent and child care professional, I know high quality early learning and child care programs give kids a strong start in life. Without these programs, kids fall behind and many stay behind. In my profession, we enable children to grow and become school ready. The kids we serve are fortunate, but due to a lack of funding, we can’t reach many others.
Home-visit programs offer a low-cost, targeted approach to enhance school readiness for kids in some of Washington’s most under-resourced communities. And it works.
Early learning and child care programs help give kids, especially those living in poverty, a shot at a brighter future. This is particularly important in a state like Vermont, where the rural areas have limited resources. When these children succeed in school, they are more likely to join the workforce and support our economy. That's something that benefits our entire nation and deserves our investment.
Thanks to the leadership of Sen. Chuck Grassley, thousands of families in Iowa and across the country will receive vital support services through the Maternal, Infant, Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program.
As a life-long resident of Concord, a parent, and a homeowner, I strongly support the Concord School Board’s efforts to fully fund full-day kindergarten programs in the budget this year. Not only would providing a full day of kindergarten to each child in Concord be a strong economic decision for our city – it would provide more children with an equal opportunity to succeed.
As Valentine’s Day approaches, we remember that parents everywhere love their kids and want what’s best for them. Sadly, many children around the world and here at home do not have what they deserve — a fair opportunity to succeed.
I was raised by a preschool teacher who works tirelessly to ensure all children get a strong start in life. High quality early care and learning puts children on a path to success and prevents unfavorable outcomes later in life.
Mark Shriver, President of Save the Children Action Network, former Maryland state delegate, and biographical author, speaks the importance of early childhood education and development, of his work providing a voice to those without a seat at the political table, and of his ethos of daily gratitude for all that has been given to him.
Congress has once again shortchanged kids. Lawmakers finally authorized the Children's Health Insurance Program in a short-term budget deal passed by Congress, but they failed to act on another key program for poor kids -- the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV).