Does School Start Early Enough?

The old adage that school starts earlier every year may be truer than you realize. Kindergarten is only required in eight states (Education Commission of the States, 2008), yet many families send their children essentially “early” to school. The reason for Kindergarten school enrollment may be based on childcare cost, the primary caregiver (re)entering the labor market, or the desire for your child to learn early skills which will contribute to a great, fulfilling productive education.

Those are the very reasons that Curran (2015) lists as reasons supporting universal preschool. Consider what Kindergarten enrollment has done for not just your child(ren), but your family. The ability to reprioritize your day, decreased costs associated with childcare, and a start to formal learning, all because of the availability of universal Kindergarten. What do you think about universal preschool?

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