Kids need pre-kindergarten

Published: Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 - 4:02 pm
Last Modified: Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 - 12:55 pm

Re "Pre-kindergarten for all 4-year-olds makes sense" (Editorials, Feb. 16): I am excited that universal preschool could become a reality.

While SB 837 is a step in the right direction, the children who need early learning the most may be victims of the waiting list. My nephew was on a waiting list for preschool for more than six months before he was finally accepted. Without this opportunity he would be 10 steps behind his peers.

At-risk children who don't receive a high-quality early childhood education are 25 percent more likely to drop out of school and 70 percent more likely to be arrested for a violent crime. All children deserve the opportunity for quality preschool despite their family's income or ZIP code.

-- Brianna Taylor, Sacramento

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