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September 20, 2013

Early childhood education gets sheriff as advocate

Wyandotte County Sheriff Don Ash is right to push for early childhood education to reduce crime. 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.

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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