I was impressed to read in The News that President Bush is making education one of his first priorities. This reinforces his campaign pledge to "Leave no child behind." Now comes the difficult part, putting this rhetoric into action.
There has been a growing awareness in recent years of the importance of early childhood education and how it reduces juvenile delinquency and improves the quality of life of those children.
Last year, Congress saw fit to increase funding for Head Start by $933 million. That's great, but more needs to be done. In 2000, the Head Start program served less than 50 percent of eligible children, and only one in 10 eligible families received federal child care subsidies.
I urge all readers to let Bush and the new Congress know their stand on this issue so that full funding for universal, high-quality early childhood education can become a reality.