Backing 4K

To the Editor:

If you had a choice between sending your child to a babysitter or to a high quality 4K program, which would you choose?

90% of school districts in Wisconsin know the answer to this question.

Other states around the country agree. South Carolina saw rates of school readiness jump from 60 to 80% in children who attended 4K.

Texas saw significant gains in 3rd grade test scores.

Maryland saw a reduction in special education placements.

Parents are choosing 4K across the country. Parents with the means have been choosing preschool for quite some time.

Wisconsin and other states are making 4K available for all children.

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It is important to know how our state senate candidates feel about this important issue.

Martha Laning believes 4K is good for our children, families, communities and state.

She worked across party lines to help Plymouth build an intergenerational center that provides service for Head Start, 4K and senior citizens.

Having such a center attracts new business to our community and keeps Plymouth vibrant.

Our state needs to be a vibrant, attractive place to live as well.

I searched for the views of the other candidates ,but had no success.

If you believe in strong public education, you need to vote this fall.

Deb Klock

Readers Comments

My daughter teaches in one of
Submitted by on Tue, 2014-07-01 12:41.
My daughter teaches in one of those high quality state funded 4K programs which are now offered in 90% of the school districts in Wisconsin. She and parents are seeing children making progress in language, literacy, numeracy, along with improving social skills. I agree with the writer that it is important to know how our state senate candidates feel about this important issue. The writer tells us where Martha Laning stands on the issue of 4K education. Voters need to find out Republican senate candidate Devin LeMahieu’s position on our state’s support of the 4K program. I do know in 2010, as part of the budget repair bill, a fellow Republican, Senator Grothman, urged Gov. Scott Walker to "immediately announce he will not provide any more money for four-year-old kindergarten.” Also, the Republican Party of Wisconsin’s 2013 State Convention called for the state legislature to eliminate funding of 4-year-old kindergarten in one of their resolutions. I believe in strong public education programs and, like the writer, I urge all citizens who feel the same way, to vote this fall for the candidate that strongly supports public education.
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