I prefer not to see preschool added to the growing list of government-provided
services. I understand the good intentions, but I think further encouraging
parents not to take responsibility for their own children by providing free
preschool will do more harm than good.
If we lived in the 1950s, it might be OK to not have preschools, but today with
many mothers working preschools are something that need to be considered and
funded. To say a parent is not taking responsibility when they send
their child to preschool is a mischaractorization. We live in a time when two
incomes are necessary to survive. Sending a child to preschool is a responsible
thing to do and shows their love and concern for their child, particularly if
they have the option to send them to a high quality preschool instead of a
glorified babysitting place.The investment of 5 million dollars to
replicate/expand a successful program is money well spent. It will save more
money in regular and special education programs down the road. I've seen what a quality preschool program has done in my small town to
help the elementary and high school years later. I commend Sen. Osmond for
investing in the future with this program to provide high quality preschools
throughout the state.
I believe preschool is important. The earlier a child begins his/her education
the better chance they have for success in school. The problem I have with this
article is its stated cost per child. Seriously? $1,500 per child? What about
administration, facilities, salaries, benefits, etc.? As a mother who has sent
children to preschool, I can't wrap my brain around how they get the costs
down that low. We need to know where our money is going!
Those who want their kids to attend preschool should pay for it. If you
can't afford it, do a fundraiser. Preschool is not a necessary program, and
should not be paid for by hard working citizens through taxation. When will the
spending of other people's money stop? Don't we have enough government
programs? This is Utah where most people believe they should keep the 10
commandments? It is not right to steal from your neighbor's paycheck even
if you want or need something. That is not charity! I already pay too much for
government schools I don't agree with, don't steal more from our
family to pay for this too.