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Patch's Poll: Should the U.S. Make Preschool Available for Every 4-Year-Old?

The president addressed the issue in his State of the Union speech.

In his State of the Union speech on Tuesday night, President Obama pledged to “make high-quality preschool available to every single child in America.”

On Thursday, details began to emerge about what that pledge would actually involve. According to the New York Times, Obama is proposing that "the federal government work with states to provide preschool for every 4-year-old from low- and moderate-income families."

The Times cited a report that in 2010-11, state-financed programs enrolled about 28 percent of all 4-year-olds in the U.S.

Should preschool be available for every 4-year-old, or would the money — as some critics claim — be better spent elsewhere?

Take our poll and tell us in the comments.

Richard Poulton February 15, 2013 at 04:28 PM
Look at that last spending program BO & the Congress passed called Stimulas. Wasn't there millions upon millions ear-marked for this already. Wasn't there a section that was to make student loans easier to get and pay down. Hows that working, students still can't pay what the borrowed. Maybe if parents would start reading to their children at an early age, teaching them things like maybe the alphabet these programs would not be needed. But we have become a society of "don't worry - the government will take care of all my problems" thinking people.
Pete February 15, 2013 at 05:07 PM
I have no problem with every child going to preschool as long as both parents are at work. I have a problem with a parent home sitting on the couch and them just using preschool for daycare. Why is it fair to penalize people of higher income? Make it the same guidelines as public school.
Sarah C February 15, 2013 at 07:03 PM
A generation or two ago, Kindergarten was considered "Pre-School" and attendance was not mandatory. I was able to send all four of my kids to a limited pre-school program that I chose to fit their needs, and one of those needs was to get plenty of supervision from me. I don't see how a government program can substitute for appropriate parental attention/instruction/supervision.
melinda tillie February 15, 2013 at 08:57 PM
Everything seems to say that they really help the kids and I would be for it.
bibledoctor02 February 16, 2013 at 04:14 PM
these little imps should start on the bible.

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