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I feel hopeful about President Obama's remarks at the State of the Union address earlier this week concerning early education, and how money spent on Head Start is money well invested preventing later expenses down the road for these same students.  Head Start teachers create the opportunity to give students larger vocabularies and greater background general knowledge before kindergarten.  Head Start programs can create the schema students need to inform what they will read and study in school and life.  When we learn, we connect the dots from one piece of information that we know to the new information.  If we do not have a certain baseline of information or knowledge, then learning the new information becomes difficult.  This is why I believe that tutoring in kindergarten and the lower grades is also cost effective.  Better to fix a reading problem in first grade than try to play catch up in 7th grade when a student is also faced with much... read more

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