Long-term benefits of early ed are real

  • Article by: ART ROLNICK AND ROB GRUNEWALD
  • Updated: February 14, 2013 - 8:22 PM

Reaching the neediest children and their parents early is important.

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davehougFeb. 14, 13 9:29 PM

Spending tax money on pre-school gives benefits to society......BUT what would the same amount spent K-3 do for society??? Money for pre-school isn't extra. It means less is spent elsewhere. What can quality pre-school do that a caring parent is unable to do???

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yardboyFeb. 14, 1310:24 PM

What continues to frustrate me is how so many politicians at the state & federal level continue to push for new & questionable programs each & every year in spite of the yearly deficits adding to our state & national debt. Do these politicians have any conscience whatsoever? Do they have no concern with the financial burden we are leaving the next generations of children? And what is wrong with the folks out there that keep electing & re-electing these people, do they ever care about somebody/thing other than themselves? And for those that think that somehow that we can simply keep raising taxes on certain groups of people by playing the “fair share” game every year are in for a very rude awaking. Please, pull your head out of the snow bank.

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armybratFeb. 15, 13 2:16 PM

Facts are facts. HHS just released a study showing that Head Start produced no lasting affects. But, that won't stop liberals from wanting to create universal day care to institutionalize children.

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lostinstpaulFeb. 15, 13 3:21 PM

Why doesnt the state just take kids from the parents on day 1? They are trying to push even further into your life

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tacotonyFeb. 15, 13 5:43 PM

Nice piece based on knowledge not hate and emotion.

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pumiceFeb. 16, 13 5:58 AM

According to Ezra Klein, the federal budget currently allocates 10% to children and 41% to the elderly and disabled (Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid). Perhaps if austerity advocates start thinking of early childhood education as a GI Bill for Kids?

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hermajestyFeb. 16, 13 1:58 PM

My mother was one of two kindergarten teachers in a school district on the edge of the Twin Cities metro area. The teachers in the upper grades told her that they could identify which children had been in her class, because they were better behaved, more focused, and more able to cooperate with other kids, as well as having better general knowledge about things like nature and how the world works than the ones who had been in the other class. Places like East Asia and Scandinavia place a great deal of emphasis on early childhood education, and for the most part, it's NOT about the three R's.

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