Letters to the Editor

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CHILDREN: Early education is a wise investment

Re: “Early education programs can solve a host of problems” (Viewpoint, 1-13).

Retired Rear Adm. Alan Steinman was correct in emphasizing that quality pre-kindergarten programs are important not only for our children’s futures, but also for our nation’s future security and economic prosperity.

Access to quality early care and education programs is also a critical workforce issue for businesses and families. And we don’t have to wait 18 years for these investments to bear fruit. A new America’s Edge report shows that early learning investments in Washington will increase employee productivity today and help us attract and retain skilled

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EDUCATION: Invest early in our children

I echo the excellent advice of retired Rear Admiral Alan Steinman (Viewpoint, 1-13) to the Legislature to invest more in early learning.

The fact that 75 percent of 17- to 24-year-olds are ineligible to serve in the military is a statistic that every American should find deeply troubling. The good news is that, as Steinman writes, early education can solve a “host of problems” that lead to so many young people being ineligible to serve their country.

In addition to the positive outcomes of high-quality preschool cited by Steinman, the Perry Preschool study found that at age 27, kids

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