Investing in kids

  • Article by: DENISE JOHNSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 21, 2013 - 8:40 PM

Spending early can pay off later.

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pumiceJan. 21, 13 6:54 PM

From the article: "[E]nding early education spending increases the chances that a child will go to prison by up to 39 percent, while paying for prison later costs taxpayers three times more than a quality preschool experience." Now there's a cost/benefit ratio which would make any businessperson's eyes sparkle, ears perk up, and lips curve into a smile!

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basia2186Jan. 21, 13 6:59 PM

Her argument makes no sense. Millions of children are born into poverty because......Most low and/or NO INCOME, uneducated, unmarried, unemployed, and otherwise ill-prepared barely women are having the children that have these issues. And we, the taxpayers think it is " kind" to give them money to continue this madness. Free healthcare, food stamps, section8 housing etc. About 3 generations now of a proven failure of a welfare system. Group homes with a house mother would make more sense. Get the moms an education, a 5 year birth control implant, parenting and finance classes, help with basic living skills. Give the kids a chance at a future by insisting the young mom become capable of proper parenting, literate and self-sufficient.

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SnippetJan. 21, 13 7:30 PM

>>> . But 40 years after she founded her well-respected advocacy group, the need for it is greater than ever. <<< Doesn't this mean her "well respected advocacy group" has accomplished absolutely nothing?

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SnippetJan. 21, 13 7:52 PM

>>> Now there's a cost/benefit ratio which would make any businessperson's eyes sparkle, ears perk up, and lips curve into a smile! <<< Actually, a furrow-browed look of skepticism regarding the validity of the claim is a more likely response from a business person, at least an experienced one.

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bluedevil101Jan. 21, 13 9:24 PM

While I respect Ms. Edelman's passion we need to look at other options short of pouring more and more money into the system. The left wing media scoffed at VP Quayle's statements about Murphy Brown in the late 80's and early 90s. Turns out he was / is right. Kids are better off with dads. Children of parents not ready to support children should be adopted out to give these children a better chance. I would even favor state run orphanages for younger children - age 18 rather than allow drug addicted or criminal parents to float in and out of children's lives even if they are present in the house. These children have no chance with some of the parenting. Once the child goes to the orphanage, parents need to show 1 or more years of stability, income, healthy lifestyles before being able to request getting the children back. Pouring more money into odds and ends programs to get kids through is not working as evidenced by the high incarceration rates in some cities/communities/census tracks. If you parent them, raise them or lose them should be our motto. And yes, it does mean some bigger government-but at least that will give kids a shot.

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tacotonyJan. 21, 1310:20 PM

wow, it is all the fault of woman? How about fathers that do everything in their power to avoid paying childcare. I don't see anyone recommending mandated vasectomy as a solution. just because kids are sired by irresponsible adults doesn't mean society should also act irresponsibly towards them.Early childhood development pays huge rewards to everyone not just the recipients

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firefight41Jan. 22, 13 7:24 AM

From the article: "[E]nding early education spending increases the chances that a child will go to prison by up to 39 percent, while paying for prison later costs taxpayers three times more than a quality preschool experience." Now there's a cost/benefit ratio which would make any businessperson's eyes sparkle, ears perk up, and lips curve into a smile! ***************** Studies show that 70 percent of those incarcerated grew up without a father, weather the father was totally absent, or did not show his love to the child as they were growing up. Addressing the involvement of fathers in a growing childs life will have a far greater cost/benefit ratio.

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phatcatpatJan. 22, 13 7:53 AM

"[E]nding early education spending increases the chances that a child will go to prison by up to 39 percent"

And the more you spend the more you save! I'm buying that too! Prove it pumice. Just prove it.

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phatcatpatJan. 22, 13 7:56 AM

Enough already! Head Start is a 150 billion dollar failure. Even HHS reports the dismal results in a 2008 study that they sandbagged until just recently. We don't need more money poured down this black hole. Those that tell us we need to spend more are the ones getting their pockets lined with the cash. You want better results for preschoolers? Read to them at home.

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phatcatpatJan. 22, 13 7:58 AM

"But 40 years after she founded her well-respected advocacy group, the need for it is greater than ever. <<< Doesn't this mean her "well respected advocacy group" has accomplished absolutely nothing?"

Spot on. After the billions spent you would think the need would be less today. And yet, liberals say things are worse? Their passion for spending other peoples money on failed programs is frightening.

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