Governor’s pre-K proposal misses the mark

LINK TO FULL LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Rep. Sondra Erickson, Union Eagle
February 17, 2015

Among Governor Mark Dayton’s $42 billion budget proposal is more than $100 million in funding for pre-kindergarten programs for 4-year olds in our public schools.
I agree that it may be important to improve access to quality pre-kindergarten to close our state’s achievement gap.  However, the Governor’s proposal ends up being a costly approach that does not specifically target students who are in the most need and takes choice away from parents. Moreover, it will definitely cause the closure of many of our in- home or private centers for childcare.
Those who spend precious hours caring for our little ones, including four-year-olds, provide families with the early learning experiences our children need.th/and solution.