Early Childhood Education: Building blocks to success

To the editor:

In order to maintain our high quality of life here in Minnesota we need to continue to invest in quality early childhood education services for all children regardless of socio-economic status. Research has shown that children who receive early childhood education are 40% less likely to be identified for special education services or grade retention, are more likely to graduate from high school, and are more likely to pursue post-secondary education. As adults, these children are more likely to partake in home ownership, have higher median incomes and are less likely to end up in the criminal justice system. The strength of our economy depends upon all families having high-quality, affordable, early childhood education and care. In fact, it is estimated that for every $1 invested in early childhood education taxpayers are saving more than $16 in return! Universal Preschool bills are under consideration in the Minnesota Legislature: H.F 1882 and S.F. 1812. If enacted, these bills would provide universal preschool for all 4-year old students in Minnesota through early learning scholarships or enrollment in a school district’s program. Expanding the availability of quality early childhood education means a brighter future for our children and a brighter future for our state! Let’s work together to create Universal Preschool in Minnesota. Contact your local representative and ask them to support H.F. 1882/ S.F. 1812 today!

Jade Blekestad

Gibbon

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