LJW on Early Childhood Education

This weekend, the Lawrence Journal world ran an article about early childhood education programs. (“Making the Most of Young Minds,” March 2)

It confirms some of our reservations about the push for taxpayer-supported early childhood education programs: they do what parents can and have been doing for years. The Children’s Learning Center, in Douglas County is described as a pre-K program “in a mix of public schools, nonprofit organizations and community-funded centers. About half of the students are low-income, at-risk children, but many are not.”

Currently, journalist Christine Metz says, $5 million is spent each year in 15 counties; Gov. Sebelius proposes another $30 million in various early childhood programs. But the activities described as happening in the CLC sound little more than what parents have long been doing.

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