The early years: 3-year-olds too young for school?

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Published: July 31, 2007
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THIS state has been no Johnny-come-lately to the early childhood education movement. Oklahoma's voluntary pre-kindergarten program has made national headlines time and again. Many school districts also have added full-day kindergarten in advance of a 2011 mandate.

For many educators, parents and politicians, the question is no longer whether 4-year-olds need schooling. Or if a six-hour school day is too much for 5-year-olds. The question now is should 3-year-olds find themselves in school, too?

Gov. Brad Henry's proposal for a voluntary 3-year-old pre-kindergarten program got nowhere last year. He'd barely announced his proposal when lawmakers shot it down. The governor seems poised to renew the idea for a pilot program next year, but it's anyone's guess as to whether he'll have more success.

Some already bristle at the idea that a majority of the state's 4-year-olds are attending public school programs. Others shudder at the thought of 3-year-olds in the same building as much older schoolchildren.

The governor is well intentioned. Research is clear about how critical the early years are to brain development.


by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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