Granite preschool program could become model for others

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  • truthfinder Saratoga Springs, UT
    Sept. 21, 2012 4:32 p.m.

    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.

  • I <3 Utah salt lake city, UT
    Sept. 20, 2012 4:27 p.m.

    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!

  • Instereo Eureka, UT
    Sept. 20, 2012 8:34 a.m.

    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.

  • Autumn Cook Lehi, UT
    Sept. 19, 2012 10:48 p.m.

    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.