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Letter: Early childhood learning important for foundation

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From: Barb Newton, executive director, First Presbyterian Preschool and Columbus Area Private Preschool member and John Quick, superintendent of BCSC

Whether it is a private or public prekindergarten, an early childhood center or a child care ministry, let us all help the children of our community have a successful education. We are a community of many choices, and we know that there is a prekindergarten for everyone. It is our hope that all children in our community will have a pre-K experience.

First Presbyterian Preschool has been in the business of early childhood education for 60 years. This is a remarkable accomplishment for the Columbus community. Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. joined the community efforts in the last decade to provide pre-K options. As we look to offer pre-K for all children in our community, we know what a difference it can make in the life of a child. Establishing structure, problem solving, self-help skills, communication development, social/emotional development, fine and gross motor skills, as well as academics will help children develop to their full potential. With about 90 percent of the brain being established by the time the child is 5, it is essential to give children the chance to develop those skills in a loving and nurturing environment.

Our community is blessed with great pre-K options — private and public, child care development centers and licensed homes that provide children with developmentally appropriate programs that offer the opportunity to learn and grow. BCSC recognized the increased preparedness of children entering kindergarten who came from the private preschools in the community and sought to serve more children by adding pre-Ks in the public schools as well. The children who attend quality pre-Ks are

successful and better-prepared for kindergarten, regardless of the program they attend. We

want all children in our community to have the chance to be the student and future community member that they were meant to be. We all know that an early childhood educational experience can make a difference in a child’s life forever.

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