In it for the kids

There are many problems, but I think there is a solution to all these problems; it's just one, and it's education. - Malala Yousafzai

Our family is lucky, we have a choice when it comes to preschool and kindergarten for our kids. But not every family has that opportunity, and it’s our responsibility as a community to give our kids a fair chance at success no matter what. Evidence suggests that early childhood education, especially before the age of 5, is a key factor in increasing opportunity for kids throughout their lives.

Not only are kids who attend quality preschool programs less likely to repeat grades or need special education, they’re also less likely to get into future legal trouble and are healthier adults. By providing public early childhood education, kids who may need early intervention that haven’t been flagged by their families, caregivers, or doctors can receive the extra support they need sooner, which can make a world of difference throughout their lives.

But the benefits are also there for all children, whose brains develop most rapidly before age 5, and they are long lasting. In a quality preschool program and through kindergarten, kids build the foundation for lifelong learning, including patience, concentration, teamwork, and self-esteem. These are the skills that set them up to be successful after graduation, and make our whole community a better place to live.

As a member of Concord’s school board, I’ll push for programs that give every kid a fair chance to succeed.

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