Pre-school is important
A new report by the United Nations Children’s Fund on the well-being of
children in 35 developed nations turned up some alarming statistics about
child poverty in this country. More than one in five American children fall
below a poverty line. The United States ranks 34th of the 35 countries
surveyed, above only Romania and well below virtually all of Europe plus
Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.
We tend to demonize the poor, assuming their status is their own fault. But
those of us who are better off often had parents who supported us in ways
including education, and perhaps we had a little luck along the way. Ours is
a sink-or-swim society. We can do a lot to keep more heads above water,
including a strong preschool program for all.