Prioritize kids As an educator, and as a parent, I have witnessed the incredible and far-reaching impact early childhood education has had on my daughter, and on kids in my classroom. Most of a …
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As an educator, and as a parent, I have witnessed the incredible and far-reaching impact early childhood education has had on my daughter, and on kids in my classroom.
Most of a child’s brain is developed by the age of five. In fact, children develop approximately 700 neural connections per second in their early years. This brain development is critical for success throughout life — it helps them academically, socially and emotionally.
For this reason – and many others – it’s vitally important that all kids have access to quality and affordable early learning opportunities.
That’s why I’m so pleased that House Bill 1427 passed, bringing forth a ballot measure in November, allowing Coloradans to vote for a Cigarette, Tobacco and Nicotine Products Tax. If approved by voters, Colorado can use this tax revenue to provide voluntary and free access to at least 10 hours per week of preschool to all kids in the year before they go to kindergarten. I applaud my state senator, Rachel Zenzinger, for supporting House Bill 1427, giving voters a chance to prioritize kids.
While the passage of this bill is a great first step in the right direction, we’ve still got more work to do! Join me and Save the Children Action Network (SCAN) in educating Colorado voters on the importance of early childhood education and encouraging them to vote in November.
Our kids deserve the best – they are, after all, our future. We must prioritize them and ensure they have every opportunity to succeed.
Mary Catherine Schell,
Rush to judgment?
How many people know that the Hennepin County (MN) Coroner’s Office June 1 report, which has been in the public domain for almost three weeks, shows that George Floyd died of cardio-pulmonary arrest, not necessarily due to police actions?
Floyd’s blood test showed that he had a cocktail of street drugs in his system, which in conjunction with the fentanyl, provided several times the dosage needed to quickly do anyone in.
How many know that his thrashing death throes, pictured by several cameras, mimic exactly those of Excited Delirium Syndrome exhibited by other dying fentanyl-overdose victims?
So, isn’t long past the time for public officials, reporters, clerics, and local real estate agents to immediately cease calling this case a murder?
Shouldn’t they publicly repent re the massive damage to our nation and its communities which their ill chosen words have wrought?
What can you do now to save the lives and reputations of the four unjustly accused police officers involved?
Russell W Haas,
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