Should early childhood pre-K programs be mandatory?
By now, most acknowledge the value of high-quality early childhood education on preparing a child for the future, but should it be mandatory?
In Maryland, lawmakers are proposing a “Preschool for All” program, in which local school districts would be required to offer full-day pre-kindergarten to low-income kids and half-day programs for other children.
Currently, Maryland public schools only offer half-day pre-kindergarten to 4-year-olds that qualify for free and reduced lunch. Because of this, only 35 percent of 4-year-olds have access to the current half-day pre-K program.
While some counties in the state support the proposal, budget could be an issue in providing the early childhood education.