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Yet Another Pre-School Program?
Townhall.com ^ | March 29, 2014 | Ed Feulner

Posted on 03/29/2014 1:24:43 PM PDT by Kaslin

When some people hear that the president has proposed a new federally funded pre-school program, they might think, “Great idea. It’s about time!”

But they’d say this, surely, because they’re unaware that Washington is already running pre-school programs. Not just one or two, in fact, but 45 early learning and child-care initiatives. And no fewer than 12 of them are explicitly designed to provide early childhood education. The rest, however, also allow funds to be used for that purpose.

So if the federal government is already bankrolling -- excuse me, if you and I and other taxpayers are already bankrolling -- close to four dozen such programs right now, why do we need another one? Especially one that would cost $75 billion over the next 10 years?

This despite the fact that more than three-quarters of the nation’s four-year-olds are already enrolled in some form of early education and care.

The president’s pre-school initiative, part of his fiscal year 2015 budget proposal, is supposed to expand access to “high quality preschool” for every 4-year-old child in the country. And there are legislative proposals in the House and Senate that would do the same.

What need would this initiative fulfill that isn’t now being addressed by one of the following programs?

· Head Start. This flagship pre-school federal program is probably the most well-known. Taxpayers have spent more than $180 billion on Head Start since 1965; it costs $8 billion a year. Yet an evaluation by government’s own Department of Health and Human Services shows “little to no effect on cognitive, social-emotional, health, or parenting outcomes” on the participating children. Talk about a bad return on your investment. Head Start is also rife with fraud and abuse, with staff misreporting income to enroll more students.

· Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. TANF provides federal funds to states for a variety of welfare programs, including child care funding. During FY 2012, $2.6 billion in TANF spending was for child care programs.

· Social Services Block Grant. Established in 1981, the SSBG provides $1.7 billion to states for child care, health care, and other social services. In FY 2009 (the most recent year for which data are available), 14 percent of SSBG expenditures (including allowed TANF transfers) were for subsidized child care.

· Child Care Development Fund. The CCDFwas funded at $5.2 billion in FY 2012 with approximately 1.7 million children receiving subsidized care. In addition, states can use up to 30 percent of their Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funds for CCDF purposes.

And this is on top of the many state-run pre-school programs out there. Forty states and the District of Columbia provide subsidized pre-school at the state level.

The list goes on and on (Heritage Foundation education experts Lindsey Burke and Rachel Sheffield have a complete list in their latest paper), but you get the idea.

“Moreover,” they write, “a large majority of mothers indicate that they prefer to stay home when their children are in their most formative years (up to age four); 80 percent of mothers who work part-time indicate that is the ideal scenario for them.”

If federal policymakers want to help, rather than create a new program, they should try reforming the many that they’re already running. There are wasted funds and poor results to spare, so they should have plenty to do.

We’ve all heard jokes about the “Department of Redundancy Department,” but when you’re handed a real-life example like this, it’s not funny anymore. Anyone who thinks we need a 46th federal pre-school program is in need of some serious remedial education.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: educationandschools; educationspending; federalgovernment; prek; preschool

1 posted on 03/29/2014 1:24:43 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
Some lame-brained, Philadelphia think tank idiot ... excuse me ... I think he's a member of the chamber of commerce ... has proposed a 13th year for high school to which I replied, as a sitting school board member ...

We have at least 75% (if not more) pre-school aged children in SOME kind of day-care, preschool 'program' for at least 2 years, and you want to add ANOTHER year ?

Shouldn't reasonable people expect a functioning, intelligent citizen/voter in (already) 14 years and you want to make it 15?

What're ya' smokin', crack ?

2 posted on 03/29/2014 2:02:19 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: Kaslin

Parents - The ONLY effective “Pre-School” Program.


3 posted on 03/29/2014 2:03:37 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Kaslin

“What good fortune for the state that people do not think!”
Adolph Hitler 1933

“When an opponent declares, ‘I will not come over to your side,’ I calmly say, ‘Your child belongs to us already... What are you? You will pass on. Your descendants, however, now stand in the new camp. In a short time they will know nothing else but this new community’.”
Adolph Hitler Speech November 1933


4 posted on 03/29/2014 2:13:29 PM PDT by Dick Bachert (Ignorance is NOT BLISS. It is the ROAD TO SERFDOM! We're on a ROAD TRIP!!)
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To: knarf
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Jah, und von uf zem it ist called Ze Hitler Youth!


5 posted on 03/29/2014 2:15:31 PM PDT by Dick Bachert (Ignorance is NOT BLISS. It is the ROAD TO SERFDOM! We're on a ROAD TRIP!!)
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To: Kaslin

Might as well just hand over all children at birth to be raised by incompetent government workers so they drones can increase their numbers...


6 posted on 03/29/2014 2:46:16 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: Kaslin

Here in Tucson I saw an ad on satellite TV slickly done touting the “Great Advantages” of Common Core. It was subtexted as being paid for by the Government. They know no limits.


7 posted on 03/29/2014 2:59:10 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Don Corleone

It would be VERY interesting to determine the effectiveness of said programs. If the programs are run by affirmative action employees, its another waste of gubmint funds.


8 posted on 03/29/2014 3:26:19 PM PDT by DaveA37
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To: Kaslin
This despite the fact that more than three-quarters of the nation’s four-year-olds are already enrolled in some form of early education and care.

I'm sympathetic to the author's opinion, but that statistic strikes me as false.

9 posted on 03/29/2014 4:26:14 PM PDT by BfloGuy ( Even the opponents of Socialism are dominated by socialist ideas.)
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To: Don Corleone
It was subtexted as being paid for by the Government.

Then you need a red marker to correct the text:

It was subtexted as being paid for by the TAXPAYERS.


Well; that won't work to swell on yer TV' but it works REALLY good in a newspaper you've marked up and left behind in a restaurant for the next reader to peruse...

10 posted on 03/29/2014 5:38:27 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Kaslin

taxpayer baby sitting service so the young tramps can go out and get pregnant again, you dont think they’re out working do you?


11 posted on 03/29/2014 5:52:53 PM PDT by ronnie raygun (Im missing a jumbo jet with 235 passengers has anyone seen it?)
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To: Kaslin
And NYC's Mayor DiBlahblah is peeing himself in excitement because the governor offered to fund his precious pre-K program. But he STILL wants to sock it to the city's wealthy with new taxes-->which will drive out more of the tax base. Dumb-da-dumb-dumb.

Pre-K is just another way of saying, "Let's feed all the illegal alien and illegitimate spawn." And there are already waaay too many of both in NYC. The results of Pre-K programs is decidedly mixed, with Head-Start being a dismal failure. It also provides more time for the government to indoctrinate little minds.

12 posted on 03/29/2014 9:14:50 PM PDT by EinNYC
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To: EinNYC

“Let’s feed all the illegal alien and illegitimate spawn.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cowbird


13 posted on 03/30/2014 3:04:39 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Kaslin
What need would this initiative fulfill that isn’t now being addressed by one of the following programs?

More high-paying jobs for Sociology, Education, and Women's Studies majors.

14 posted on 03/30/2014 4:46:45 AM PDT by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise. H)
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To: Elsie
Yes, I suppose the illegal alien spawn pushes U.S. citizen through-and-through kids out of the nest. As a biology teacher, I am certainly aware of the ol' "let's substitute OUR young for the legitimate young of this bird and push their babies out of the nest" trick of cowbirds and cuckoos. It really irks me to see so many students fail to rise and recite the Pledge of Allegiance. I guess if we had the Mexican or whatever pledge over the PA system, they'd be out of their seats in a jif. I also wince every time a students starts off a narrative with, "In MY country..." Where the hell do you think you are now, kid? This country which pays for your housing, food, education and medical care isn't YOUR country?

I see the appalling lack of resources in schools every day. Xerox paper is often so scarce that teachers have to buy their own or pay for copying outside of school. School libraries are either closed for lack of funds for a librarian or have sparse collections of patched up books. Kids in classes whose teachers were the slightest bit tardy in submitting their requests for textbooks often get the 10 year old dog-eared textbooks left in some dusty corner of a bookroom. Way too many lab activities are "paper labs" instead of a chance to manipulate lab equipment and experience phenomena that physically happen in the lab (like a change in color or something that fizzes). But...nowadays, most classrooms have SmartBoards and/or laptops for the kids. The former things I mentioned are so much more important than these last things, yet are now stretched to the limit.

While there are many worthy online activities for students which would justify the laptops, I also constantly see kids opening multiple windows on the computers during class. They are filling their MP3 devices from the laptops, looking at movies, watching clips of sports events, and admiring pages of high-dollar sneakers (?!) when they are supposed to be answering questions on various academic websites. Your tax dollars at work.

15 posted on 03/30/2014 10:23:54 AM PDT by EinNYC
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To: EinNYC
It really irks me to see so many students fail to rise and recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

Why isn't it a REQUIREMENT?

16 posted on 03/30/2014 4:08:36 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: EinNYC
...a REQUIREMENT?

Are there THAT many JW's in your classes??

17 posted on 03/30/2014 4:09:10 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: EinNYC
The former things I mentioned are so much more important than these last things, yet are now stretched to the limit.

The folks who are making the decisions to BUY the new toys are the same ones who did NOT enjoy using the old equipment!

18 posted on 03/30/2014 4:10:31 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: EinNYC
They are filling their MP3 devices from the laptops, looking at movies, watching clips of sports events, and admiring pages of high-dollar sneakers (?!)

Why are these URL's not blocked out?

Surely there exists a program that could suck out ALL the websites visited in a day, chug thru them at night, and the next morning present a list of those to a HUMAN who could then put the bad ones on a permanent lockout list.

19 posted on 03/30/2014 4:13:11 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: EinNYC
I also wince every time a students starts off a narrative with, "In MY country..."

Quit wincing and Take Control!

Remind them, gently, that THIS is the country you are now living in; enjoying the fruits of the land.

20 posted on 03/30/2014 4:14:50 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Elsie

I guess it isn’t PC now to feel allegiance for your country, either native or adopted. Also operant is the unbelievable laziness of these kids—it’s too much effort to stand up for the pledge. Some schools actually board up the kind of desks we all used to sit at, with the cubbyholes, because these lazy students cannot find the energy to get up, cross the room, and toss their garbage. They were just stuffing it into the desk, to attract roaches and mice.


21 posted on 03/30/2014 7:37:53 PM PDT by EinNYC
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To: Elsie

JW?


22 posted on 03/30/2014 7:38:56 PM PDT by EinNYC
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To: Elsie

Apparently, there is not such a program, or the Bored of Ed has not invested in such a program. Also, that would take too much effort, and the administration doesn’t want to spend the time or effort to chase down illegal website peeking. They don’t want the students MAD at them, so that they file false charges, do they?


23 posted on 03/30/2014 7:41:13 PM PDT by EinNYC
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To: Elsie

I do, but you have to do it with kid gloves. Don’t want the kids to be mad or upset with you in any way, or they might very well file false charges against you, and get a bunch of their amoral little pals to file, too! This actually happens every day.


24 posted on 03/30/2014 7:42:22 PM PDT by EinNYC
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To: Kaslin
a large majority of mothers indicate that they prefer to stay home when their children

If you can't afford to do that then don't keep having kids. Or have them with a man who will support you. It's not my job to support you and educate your kids.

25 posted on 03/30/2014 7:49:03 PM PDT by ladyjane
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To: EinNYC

Jehovah Witness

http://thejehovahswitnesses.org/flag.php


26 posted on 03/31/2014 3:49:10 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: EinNYC

I hope your ‘school’ is a VERY small minority!


27 posted on 03/31/2014 3:50:44 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: ladyjane
If you can't afford to do that then don't keep having kids.
Or have them with a man who will support you.
It's not my job to support you and educate your kids.

Yes; it IS!


Head Start.
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.
Social Services Block Grant.
Child Care Development Fund.

NONE of these were passed by the users of them; but by 'well meaning' representatives of the Nation's voters.


Here's a couple more that YOU are funding:
 
 
Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
(Here's the one closest to my house... http://www.wicoffice.net/hancock-county-wic-clinic942 )
 
 
Section 8 Housing  http://section-8.findfamilyresources.com/?k=apply%20for%20section%208&p=www.wicoffice.net&c=5803115592139212919&ad=34950117259&mt=&nk=d&ca=&mb=&ai=&a=aw&gclid=CInHh_fOvL0CFa9cMgodf0sAKA
 
 

28 posted on 03/31/2014 4:05:36 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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