How early is too early for education?

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    April 18, 2014 5:14 p.m.

    This report shows the value of early childhood education and programs like Head Start! Clearly the best option is for the Mom to stay home and interact with the child. When that isn't possible, spending money up front on quality programs that provide interaction, and education are proving invaluable. These programs improve the lives of the individual, makes them more productive (read actual pay taxes) and are apparently healthier (lower health care costs). Its a no brainer.

  • andyjaggy American Fork, UT
    April 18, 2014 10:11 a.m.

    I'm glad my wife is able to stay home with the kids. We live on my income, and because of that we have a more modest home, older cars, and no smart phones, but it's worth it. I see many people my age putting way to much stock into the size of the house they own. When we bought ours we were given some pretty terrible advice, things like you won't be happy unless you have a 3 car garage, buy more home than you can afford now and grow into it as your income increases, etc.... It's just a house people. It's who is living in it that's important.

  • kiddsport Fairview, UT
    April 18, 2014 9:23 a.m.

    This report seems to corroborate earlier studies that show programs like Head Start have little if any lasting effect on scholastic achievement. Still, we pour billions of tax dollars into such programs. Rather than continue that waste, it appears it would be better to follow the findings of this study and encourage longer maternity leaves, subsidized by redirecting ineffective funding toward incentivizing employers' leave policies.

  • Doklove Quincy, IL
    April 18, 2014 8:04 a.m.

    So I interpreted this article to validate the importance of mothers being at home with their kids. Why was my conclusion so different from theirs of opening more free daycares?

    Thank you to all the mothers who stay home with your young children and who take the time to coo at them and respond to them. It is a thankless job with really bad hours, high stress and pretty gross at times. The world is a more educated, healthier and safer place because of you!

  • nmjim SANDIA PARK, NM
    April 18, 2014 7:55 a.m.

    This argues less for "early childhood education" than it does for early childhood INTERACTION, which in the good old days was provided enthusiastically by parents and siblings. It's hard to argue a "trained childhood educator" could possibly do as well.
    For mothers whose desire or need to work exceeds the need to nurture the child, aunts, Grandparents, etc, have often stepped in to avoid the "childcare facility" option.

  • The Rock Federal Way, WA
    April 18, 2014 7:18 a.m.

    Heaven forbid that parents raise their own children. We can't have parents passing their Christian values onto their children. They must be raised by the state in an environment devoid of religion.

    Why can't mothers stay home and raise their children? The cost of living is way too high.

    In the early 1960's a working couple wanted to build their dream house but the banks refused to consider the wife's income. They said her income was temporary as she would quit as soon as they had children. It went all the way to the SCOTUS and the couple won. A flood of working couples bought larger homes. Builders catered to this crowd and the only new homes being built were upscale. Housing prices doubled in a couple of years and doubled again and again. It didn't take long for most women to be forced out of the home and into the workforce. By the end of the 1980's almost all women were forced into the workforce and wages were stagnant, with so many people entering the workforce it was an employers market. The laws of supply and demand must be obeyed.