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Invest in early childhood education
The word is out via the work of the Minnesota Federal Reserve Bank that Early Childhood Education gives future society a cost reduction. Expect a return for your money.

See the December 2003 supplement: The ABCs of EDC. With a 16% internal rate of return and a study of when and where the savings would apply one must conclude to start now with the innovation within the present funding streams and the money can be saved to pay back cost of the change.

Can the urban public school principal generate this savings, when 100% of the children starting school are ready to read? Less special education; fewer behavior specialists; less remedial reading instruction; fewer failures to progress; less English as a second language; larger class sizes; can all be expected? On top of this, the larger benefits do not happen in the schools; the community should be prompting the principals to make the effort; and helping principals succeed.

Created on 10/06/04 by Tom Wolfgram of Maple Grove, MN

Avg Rating: 4 rating (10 votes)

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Created on 11/07/06 by Amanda Popilek of Little Falls, MN

Rating: 4 rating
How come this idea has never put to use by schools? I a child knows how to read before they actually go to school they tend to do better. In my own experience, my younger sister learned how to read the same time as me, and now she is number one in her class and I feel it is because she had that little head start.

Created on 11/07/06 by Kyle Smith of wright, MN

Rating: 5 rating
Early childhood is where the solution is! The better educated we are when young the less likely we are to need special services in elementary school, to drop out of high school and to end up in jail; all of which costs more money than funding adequate Early Ed Centers. Being an Early Ed major, those facts have been stressed in all my classes. Additionally stressed have been the figures on how needed we are as a profession, yet how under funded and under recugnized we are.

Created on 11/28/04 by Lizzie Sorensen of Winona, MN

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Created on 10/17/04 by Siobhan Boylan of St. Paul, MN

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Created on 10/14/04 by Marikay Litzau of St. Paul, MN

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I am lucky to have the resources to have my 3 year old child in a Montessouri preschool, and am continually amazed at her capacity for learning and the positive effects of socialization. I believe the statistics of the federal reserve board's study and support universal access for quality preschool programs.

Created on 10/13/04 by Tohr Vorvick of Saint Paul, MN

Rating: 4 rating
Don't sell this idea short. Although I too have my doubts whether a bureacratic, centralized government-run system could make such a program work, the essense of this idea -- "high quality" (as defined by specific characteristics) pre-school education has a very high return on investment both for the education system, the community and above all the individual child. View this one with an open mind.

Created on 10/13/04 by Craig Westover of Afton, MN

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Created on 10/12/04 by Nora Thorp of Minneapolis, MN

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Note the new rhetoric surrounding Early Childhood Education includes the words "high quality" as a preface. Perhaps before rushing off to create a new compulsory form of public education we should address the questions of quality. It is time to learn from the mistakes that got us into the current education quagmire.

Created on 10/12/04 by Ericca Maas of Saint Paul, MN

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Created on 10/12/04 by Elizabeth Mische of Saint Paul, MN

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