Early childhood education gets sheriff as advocate

09/20/2013 1:18 PM

09/21/2013 6:42 PM

Wyandotte County Sheriff Don Ash had the right idea to hold a news conference from the Wyandotte County Jail to push for a societal investment in early childhood education.

The alternative to not providing money for such good early education programs would certainly land many of today’s preschool-age children behind bars in the future. That’s also the findings of a new national report detailing the link between quality early childhood education and lower crime.

The report cites information from long-term studies saying that when children receive a good early childhood education they are more likely to finish high school and less likely to turn to a life of crime. Ash told The Kansas City Star that about 70 percent of the people booked into the Wyandotte County Jail this year did not have a high school diploma.

The sheriff’s efforts fit the Obama administration’s call to spend $75 billion over the next 10 years on early childhood education. More than 1,000 law enforcement officials nationwide signed a letter appealing to Congress to support Obama’s proposal.

Let’s hope it results in meaningful legislation.

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