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Ragan says preschool is best investment for kids

Senator Amanda Ragan
Senator Amanda Ragan

From Sent. Amanda Ragan –

Iowa sees big returns when kids get quality early experiences. Good health care, quality childcare and preschool, and safe, nurturing homes and communities help kids succeed in school and in life.

When it comes to education, studies show that the biggest return on investment comes from quality preschool. Not only do kids who attend preschool do better in school, they earn more money as adults on average than those who didn’t attend preschool. That is why in 2007, Iowa launched statewide voluntary preschool for 4-year-olds. Today, 320 Iowa school districts offer tuition-free preschool for 4-year-olds.

The benefits of investing in children are so strong that economist Rob Grunewald of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis told legislators this week that it is one of the best ways to support economic development. According to research, 85 percent of brain growth occurs in the first six years of life and bears significant impact on a child’s future abilities. For example, differences in vocabulary growth among children begin to appear as early as 18 months.

Access to quality early childhood programs give parents the confidence to enter the workforce, knowing their kids are in good hands. Great childcare options reduce employee absenteeism and turnover, and are key to attracting businesses to our local communities. This is especially important in Iowa since we have one of the highest percentages of families in which both parents work.

I will continue to support good opportunities that prepare our kids to learn and succeed through healthy, safe and nurturing homes, schools and communities.

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Free Preschool is a government hand out… really? Kids especially at that age are innocent and should not half the faults of their parents placed on them. Let them get educated let them become better than their parents.. It has to start somehwere

It’s starts at home until they are 5 and then they go to Kindergarten. When you’re four, explore the natural world. Explore your surroundings. You don’t need to go somewhere to be with groups at age 4.

What do you people want, cradle to grave instruction? Let a 4 year old explore freely.

I guess that’s why even now, posting here I can tell I march by my own drummer, while most simply parrot what they hear.

I have to say I hated being at home as a preschooler. I was very lonely. There were no day cares back then. I would have loved it, but my parents sure wouldn’t have believed in the government paying for it and neither would anyone else!

People seem entitled to free preschool. Surprise, this is simply government increasing it’s size and scope. It’s either through fear or it’s “for the children”. Either way the government grows and the taxes increase.

And aren’t the “parents” taxpayers?

This is no more than government (taxpayer) daycare

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