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School promotes early learning for children [UPDATED]

Published 10:18am Thursday, April 4, 2013 Updated 12:29pm Thursday, April 4, 2013

I recently read in The Journal about the Ashby Preschool’s four-star Parent Aware rating. I want to congratulate the staff and administration for this stellar accomplishment. It shows that the Ashby School District recognizes and promotes the importance of early learning.

Investing in early childhood helps ensure that our children are prepared to learn, and reduces the need for expensive remedial education, disruptive disciplines and special education programs.

Nearly 50 percent of children in Minnesota begin kindergarten not fully prepared with the skills necessary to succeed in school. This daunting gap in school preparedness costs the state approximately $860 million each year in unnecessary expenditures (special education, police, courts, prisons, health care, social services, income supports, etc.).

In short, there is no better return on investment in our state than early learning. When Minnesota’s kids have the best possible start, we’re all better off.

Kudos on the Ashby School District’s commitment to early learning.

 

Nancy Straw

President,

West Central Initiative

 

 

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