Opinion: Early childhood education is not the panacea you might think it is

Suzanne Bates
Suzanne Bates

Suzanne Bates is the policy director for the Yankee Institute for Public Policy. She lives in South Windsor with her family. Follow her on Twitter @suzebates.

The early childhood lobby wants you to believe that getting children in school a year earlier is going to lead to big educational gains for our schoolchildren — especially our economically disadvantaged schoolchildren — but the research does not support that claim.

Republican and Democratic lawmakers alike have embraced this idea, and not just in Connecticut. There is a nationwide movement toward lowering the age kids start school to four years old.

The problem is that there is no proof that starting children a year earlier will be a true benefit, and before we spend hundreds of millions of dollars on this expansion we should make sure it is the right fix for our schools and especially for our children.

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