Children pick up new advocate in Missouri, Kansas
The Kansas City Star
Children in Missouri and Kansas can’t go wrong with a new organization that is advocating on their behalf in legislative chambers.
The Alliance for Childhood Education was formed this year to lobby in Jefferson City and Topeka for early childhood education, The Kansas City Star reports. That is a good thing.
However, ongoing budget cuts and a fear of increasing taxes will make it difficult for the group to get $13 million for the Early Childhood Development Education and Care Fund in Missouri in 2013 and $56 million annually for the Children’s Initiative Fund in Kansas. Still, it doesn’t hurt for the new group to join others to push for the financing.
Early childhood education is the best investment states could make to ensure the academic success of young people. Starting early is the key.
The alliance, however, will have to be stronger than the National Rifle Association to get the necessary funding from the Republican dominated, conservative legislatures of Missouri and Kansas. If only people cared as much about the education of children as they do about their guns.