Letters to the Editor

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CHILDREN: Let’s invest in the next generation

Re: “Report dings state for poor preschool access” (TNT, 5-12).

Despite the troubling news that Washington state ranks 33rd in the nation for access to state-funded preschool for low-income 4-year-olds, there is also some good news on the horizon.

Not only is our Legislature stepping up to fund more slots for the Early Childhood Education & Assistance Program (ECEAP), but a bipartisan majority in the U.S. Senate recently endorsed the leadership of Sen. Patty Murray to include early learning in the proposed Every Child Achieves Act of 2015, which would replace the outdated No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

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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: 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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