Brown's budget leaves kids behind

05/14/2014 10:05 AM

05/14/2014 9:00 AM

Re "Hold the line, Brown urges" (Page A1, May 14): Gov. Jerry Brown, please allocate new money for early childhood education. There are nearly 200,000 children on wait lists for these programs in California. The state Legislature should fix your disastrous mistake and increase funding for early childhood education in the budget.

More than half of California's kids can not get into preschool and are denied a fair shot at life. Preschool develops reading, math, language and social skills, so kids do better throughout the rest of their education and are more likely to graduate high school. Early childhood education is one of the best investments we can make while raising lifetime wages and saving us billions of dollars down the road.

-- David Burger, Anaheim

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