Letters to the Editor

Your views in 200 words or less

Tag: early childhood education

Feb.
21st

EDUCATION: Don’t mandate all-day kindergarten

Re: “Full-day kindergarten is a key to early learning” (Viewpoint, 2-21)

I must provide some reasons why I believe full-day kindergarten should not be mandatory.

At age 5 and 6, children are still young and growing. Many cannot cope with six hours of interaction in a group environment. Overstimulation, lack of solitary imaginative playtime and simple tiredness create emotional and physical problems for many kids. The full-day kindergarten model incorporates some downtime but does not provide a complete break from constant stimuli.

The author, Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn, has forgotten to mention the most important educators of

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Sep.
11th

EDUCATION: Care providers can offer insights

Re: “For kindergartners, a big day” (TNT, 9-6).

Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (WAKIDS) is a great transition-to-school program for new kindergartners across Washington state. One thing the program is still missing, however, is the unique perspective child-care providers can contribute.

Many children come to elementary school on the first day already having had “early childhood education” with Head Start, Early Head Start, ECEAP (Washington’s Head Start equivalent), or child care in a licensed family home or child-care center.

According to our data, approximately 175,000 children are in child care on any given day in Washington. The providers

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Sep.
4th

I-1240: Charter schools are not the answer

This is in response to The News Tribune’s editorial board convened to address Initiative 1240, the charter school initiative.

During the debate, several references were made to school dropout rates and public school failure. A recent study done in Tacoma by the University of Washington found that “economic marginality, distressed families, and human and social capital deficits are strongly associated with poor school performance.”

The study did not find that public schools are failing, but rather that poverty has a profound effect on the ability and performance of many of our students.

It is a sad misunderstanding to suggest that

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June
8th

BATES: Most vulnerable on chopping block

Recent fact-based letters in support of childbirth education at Bates Technical College were discounted in the Viewpoint by Lyle Quasim (TNT, 6-6), Bates’ interim president.

At a time when research is clear about the economic value of early support in the lives of parents, infants and toddlers, Bates is planning to eliminate childbirth education training for professionals and parents and the Parent Infant-Toddler Program. When budgets are tight, it is the most vulnerable who get cut.

Education begins prenatally. Gov. Chris Gregoire supports early education, yet the services for pregnant and early parenting have been drastically cut from our local

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