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USC student wants investment in early ed

Posted: April 28, 2016 3:05 p.m.
Updated: April 29, 2016 1:00 a.m.

All kids deserve a strong start to life. 

By age 5, a child’s brain is already mostly developed, yet two out of five American children are not enrolled in preschool. 

Investments in high-quality early learning programs lay the foundation for success in school, career and life. It’s unacceptable that so many children don’t have access to the early education programs they need to thrive. 

As a college student, I am reaping the benefits of my preschool education and I fully understand the positive outcomes early childhood education has on one’s adult life.

That’s why I urge Sen. Lindsey Graham to prioritize our kids and invest in these crucial early learning programs in the fiscal 2017 federal budget. As members debate which programs to fund and which ones to cut, we need to raise our voices on behalf of our children. 

Here in the U.S., early education programs like Head Start help more than a million children start kindergarten ready to succeed. Programs like that are too crucial to risk funding cuts. 

In fact, lawmakers should invest more funding in Head Start and other essential early learning programs, such as Early Head Start, Child Care Development Block Grants and Preschool Development Grants. 

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