Why Invest In Preschools? Tacoma Teacher Explains
When federal education officials revoked Washington state's waiver from the No Child Left Behind Act, they hung a cloud of uncertainty over the early childhood education programs Tacoma School District offers.
Tacoma school leaders used part of $1.8 million in waiver-freed federal funds to start publicly-funded preschools in five additional buildings with significant populations of low-income and English Language Learner students. The loss of the waiver means that money is no longer free to pay for pre-K programming.
Why did they use the money on preschool? We spoke to Erin Kling, who teaches preschool at Stafford Elementary, about why early childhood education is so important: