THOSE FIRST FIVE YEARS are the most critical in educational development. Kindergarten isn’t about learning how to tie shoes anymore. Kindergarten has become a more critical extension of the entire educational system. The ability range of many of these students can be staggering. Some are dropped off on the first day of kindergarten and can barely speak. Others arrive knowing how to read, write and use a computer. We need to narrow that gap by creating more early educational opportunities for the disadvantaged.
That said, it is responsible for our state leaders, including Senate Appropriations Chairman Luke Kenley from Noblesville, to show concern about the costs of state-funded preschool, in this case as much as $200 million annually, Hayden reported. Still, we believe preschool is a worthy investment and feel it could be the early foothold many children need to get their educational climb off to a solid start. It makes sense to us to frontload that investment and avoid remediations midstream.
It is our hope that the study committee will recognize the value state-funded preschool can have in Indiana and a workable plan comes to form for 2015.