Early childhood education: the time has come

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Opinion

October 4, 2019 - 5:21 PM

Jessy Coffield, preschool teacher, and Sheri Orear, owner of Ready Set Learn preschool, prepare materials for the first day of school in August. A new program combines USD 257, ANW Cooperative and private preschools and daycares to offer tuition-free preschool, transportation and the same curriculum to all 4-year-olds in the district.

“When an ir-re-sistible force, meets an old im-mov-able object like this, you can bet just as sure as you live, something’s got to give.”  Johnny Mercer wrote it. Frank Sinatra sang it, and we all fell in love with its optimistic take on inevitability.  

Today, the romantic 1950s lyrics evoke a circumstance Kansans may soon face.  It’s the collision of a contemporary force with an immovable object and it’s set to happen when the irrepressible progress of early childhood education meets the politics of school funding affordability.  

The result may soon be coming based on findings of a 2018, $4.5 million needs assessment grant. 

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