Letter: R.I. County sheriff lauds Illinois Preschool for All


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Posted Online: Feb. 19, 2013, 6:00 am
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As the sheriff of Rock Island County, I applaud our community's encouragement to restore previous funding cuts to Preschool for All, the state-funded preschool program ("Advocates seek restoration of early childhood education funds" Jan. 18.)

Preschool builds a strong foundation for students' academic careers. At-risk students who attend preschool are far more likely to graduate from high school and attend college. Also, special education placements can be reduced. Giving our kids a strong start is the first step to future success.

In addition to promoting academic success, preschool also reduces the likelihood of becoming involved with crime. A study of the Perry Preschool Program, a high-quality program in Michigan considered a model for early childhood education, has shown dramatic results in combating crime. This long-term study found that children who did not attend the program were 86 percent more likely to be sentenced to prison or jail by age 40.

Illinois is still recovering fiscally and has limited dollars to spend. Preschool is one of the best investments we can make that promotes public safety and success for our future generation. In fact, the Perry Preschool study found that taxpayers save as much as $16 for every $1 invested.

With such a great return on our investment, I hope our state legislators commit to making Preschool for All a priority.

Sheriff Jeff Boyd,
Rock Island County















 



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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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