Universal Preschool Commentary
We've assembled provocative opinion and commentary on the value, or lack thereof,
of universal preschool and the importance of parental involvement in early childhood
development. Whether you agree or not, we hope this section will at least make you
scratch your head and say, "hmmmmm..."
Making the Case for Universal Preschool
When Sacramento Bee editorial writer Susanna Cooper took a year off to study early childhood education as a journalism fellow with the Public Policy Institute in San Francisco, she didn’t know the experience would profoundly change her professional life
Earlier preschool movements, like the push to establish the Head Start program during Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty, focused on the country’s poorest children and families. But the most recent preschool-for-all effort points to a growing body of evidence that shows that middle- and working-class students are also falling behind the state's most affluent youngsters. They say all children deserve extra help getting ready for kindergarten, especially in a pressurized environment that requires 5-year-olds to master skills that used to be taught in first grade.
December 1, 2004
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