Letters To The Editor

Scholarships for early ed mean choice

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Frank Forsberg, Star Tribune
March 16, 2015

A recent commentary (“Vouchers are wrong for preschool,” Feb. 19) made this central point: “Giving parents assistance to access quality early-education services in the private market while also ensuring that there is a public option for families who prefer it should not be controversial.”

The MinneMinds coalition wholeheartedly agrees, and that’s precisely what the Early Learning Scholarships we support do. Scholarships can be used at school-based programs. But scholarships also can be used at high-quality early-education programs operating out of centers, churches, nonprofit organizations and homes — many of which are located in low-income areas.

Scholarships are a both/and solution.

Governor’s pre-K proposal misses the mark

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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.