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February 5, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Early learning

The brain-building bond between child and parent

Gov. Christine Gregoire and members of the Legislature who claim that early learning is their top priority should be held accountable for having apparently ignored these basic facts [“Infants learn earlier than thought,” Local News, Feb. 3]:

— Science long ago proved that parents are their child’s first and most important teachers;

— Early brain development is primarily a function of parent-child interaction, not the interaction between the child and other caregivers;

— Many parents struggle to provide the nurturing that children need, especially those with low incomes, who have to manage the stress of making ends meet;

— The return, especially to the state, from investing in prevention programs that support parents and strengthen families is far greater than any other early-learning strategy.

Given these facts, the state’s failure to invest in genuine, early-learning strategies that foster healthy parenting and the all-important brain-building bond between child and parent is an abrogation of its responsibilities to children, families, communities and our economic future.

— Jarrett Lee, Seattle

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