As a longtime member of the League of Women Voters of Seattle-King County (LWVS-KC) active in education issues, I was deeply disappointed by the LWVS-KC Board’s decision to oppose the city’s quality preschool program — Proposition 1B [“The Times recommends to vote for Proposition 1B to bolster quality preschool in Seattle,” Opinion, Oct. 8]. This decision…More
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As part of a three-part series on early learning, the Education Lab blog recently asked readers to share their thoughts on the idea of expanded pre-kindergarten and whether a city-sponsored program would meet the needs of their families.
The blog received dozens of thoughtful responses to the call out. Below is a selection of reader answers. Head over to the Education Lab blog for additional reader responses, and an additional question asking whether readers would send a child to such a pre-K program.
Also, The Seattle Times recently published its endorsement on the two competing pre-K ballot measures on the Nov. 4 ballot. The Times supports Proposition 1B over 1A, writing that it’s the one measure that “actually creates, and funds, this promising idea.”
Q: Do you agree preschool should be a universal offering, available to all families regardless of income? Why or why not?
Yes, as long as it is actually universal. I do not believe in the middle class subsidizing the poor while still having to pay full or marginally reduced price for my own children. I have 3-year-old twins, and this is of great interest and importance to me. I will most likely vote against the subsidized pre-K initiative.
— Scott Jeffries, Seattle
No. I think we should spend our taxpayer money on boosting the quality of our elementary through high-school education instead. We need smaller classrooms and more individual help for students who need it — too many are falling through the cracks. We should still keep Head Start for the under-privileged.
— Lisa Stultz, Anacortes
The excellent article “Ballot proposals offer 2 plans for improving pre-K in Seattle” [Local News, Oct. 9] provided a good analysis of early learning ballot measures Propositions 1A and 1B. But I take exception to the article when it states that Proposition 1A “would cover children from infancy through age 5.” It certainly won’t…More
Letter writer Jack McCarthy didn’t fully explain why parents of disadvantaged families are unable to provide their children with pre-K school as well as education support during their school years [“Good preschool is an ‘academic rocket boost’,” Northwest Voices, Aug. 11]. Many disadvantaged parents are poorly educated themselves and might not value education as…More
This letter may not be popular with many parents, but part of the population will nod in agreement. Why do so many parents now believe that the general public should be responsible for their child care? [“Voters should thwart attempts to hijack mayor’s pre-K mandate,” Opinion, June 19]. Why are the supporters of Initiative 107 pushing…More
The editorial calling for the city’s proposed pre-kindergarten program, at an unknown future cost but starting out at $58 million over four years, needs to be soundly rebuked for a number of reasons [“Explore what works — preschool for all,” Opinion, May 24]. First, while The Times cites a Rutgers University study of the Abbott, N.J., program and…More
Build federal-state partnership The Times rightly backs increased investments in preschool [“Editorial: Preschool trickles up,” Opinion, May 19]. But Washington doesn’t have to go it alone. It’s about fairness. Just 48 percent of low-income children enter kindergarten school-ready, compared to three-fourths of higher-income kids. Quality pre-K levels the playing field, especially for poor kids. And it…More
Invest more in early-childhood education I could not agree more with The Seattle Times’ opinion that we must do more to reduce the dropout rate in our state [“Editorial: Lower the dropout rate,” Opinion, May 27]. In addition to the “moral and financial” costs of dropouts, there is a high criminal-justice cost. Our jails and prisons…More