Federal funding is a great step for early childhood education, but there's more to do
Art Rolnick discusses the successes of Minnesota Early Learning Foundation and the work that needs to come next.
While many of us think of Minnesota as the education state, roughly half of our children do not start school healthy and ready to learn. And research shows that when kids start school far behind they don't catch up. Many of those kids drop out of high school and are much more likely to struggle in our society. Indeed, criminologists claim that they can predict the need for prisons in the future by the number of children who are not proficient in reading by the third grade.