Transitional kindergarten a worthy investment

03/31/2014 11:03 AM

04/01/2014 12:14 PM

Re "Renewed focus on improving development in early childhood," (March 14): I was encouraged to read about the renewed focus on a child's first five years of life.

Children who attend transitional kindergarten can benefit from emotional and intellectual development that can have a long-term impact on their lives. According to research highlighted in a recent report by ReadyNation/America's Edge, participants of one program known as the Perry Preschool were 44 percent more likely to graduate from high school and earned 36 percent more as adults than at-risk children who did not participate.

Transitional kindergarten is a wise investment. Every dollar we invest returns roughly two dollars to the economy. Unfortunately, only 25 percent of California's four-year-olds are being served by transitional kindergarten.

For these reasons and more, I urge our elected leaders to support the Kindergarten Readiness Act (SB 837) to provide transitional kindergarten to all of California's 4-year-olds.

-- Erin Sullivan, Sacramento

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