July 24, 2013 at 7:27 AM
Early learning as crime prevention
Early-learning programs benefit everyone
King County Sheriff John Urquhart and Seattle’s Interim Police Chief Jim Pugel got it right when they noted how high-quality early-learning programs build a solid foundation for success in school and life. [“Guest column: Early learning is a crime-fighter,” Opinion, July 17.]
Not only is it one of the best ways to lower future crime, but it is also the way to address the “opportunity gap” in our state and nation. Research and compelling evidence show that children who participate in quality learning programs achieve better academic results in their K-12 studies and also have practiced good habits of goal-setting, self-discipline, problem-solving, and effective collaboration with others.
According to a recent report by the business leaders group, America’s Edge, children with positive early-learning experiences are far more likely to graduate on-time from high schools and subsequently enter the workforce with higher level skills and earn more as adults.
All of our kids deserve the best start possible. Federal and state efforts to strengthen and expand early-learning programs are smart investments for our kids and for our economic competitiveness.
Anita Lammert, Seattle
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