Re Pre-K for all pushed in state (Page A1, Jan. 8): Numerous studies have shown that high-quality preschool can significantly improve a child's school readiness and academic performance. Investing in early education is not only vital to the strength of our workforce, but also to the state of national security. The Department of Defense estimates that 75 percent of young Americans are unfit for military service because they either lack a high school diploma, are overweigh, or have a criminal record. It is also estimated that one in five students in California does not graduate from high school on time. The universal pre-kindergarten bill will make one year of high-quality transitional kindergarten available to all 4-year-olds in California. This extra year of early education can boost the states graduation rate and prepare young people for whatever career path they choose, including serving in uniform. This legislation is worthy of consideration and deserves bipartisan support.
-- Michael Seward, Hillmar, retired admiral, U.S. Coast Guard