Everyday leaders say reform lies in early ed

by Jacob Kirn

The leaders of America’s schools have spoken: early education must expand in the U.S.

We have written about the well-established benefits of quality pre-kindergarten programs. Now, one of the biggest collections of elementary school principals in the U.S. has issued new recommendations to policymakers, urging them to implement an effective early education system for states and communities. 

The goal of the authoring task force is to build a K-3 system “in which all children and families have access to high-quality learning and care,” their recommendations include:

  • Provide funding for a comprehensive system
  • Ensure that programs are full-day and of high quality
  • Develop local data systems that include pre-K student and program information

The whole community benefits when early education is universally accessible. Internationally, Finland continues to lead the way in accessibility and results. Preschool is heavily subsidized on an income sliding scale and is available to every Finnish child. Finland’s reputation for providing quality education is consequently renowned; their students are consistently among the top in the world in literacy, math and science achievement.

Here at home, the path to educational reform needs a strong starting point. Isn’t the beginning always the most important part of the work?

Jacob Kirn is a journalism major at the University of Missouri-Columbia and an intern at Parents as Teachers.