Scholarships for early ed mean choice

LINK TO FULL LETTER TO THE EDITOR

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.