Sirens & Gavels

Steve Tucker makes public appearance

"I'm four," says Aidan Cameron, left, to Spokane Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick, right, at the YWCA Thursday, April 14, 2011. Kirkpatrick, Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich and County Prosecutor Steve Tucker read to children at the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program at the YWCA to support lobbyng efforts to keep early childhood programs, like ECEAP, from being cut at the state and federal level. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

"I'm 4," says Aidan Cameron to Spokane Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick at the YWCA Thursday. Kirkpatrick, Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich and County Prosecutor Steve Tucker read to children at the YWCA to support continued federal and state funding for early childhood programs.

Education experts describe children as sponges of learning, soaking up language and information from those around them.

 "They, like adults, learn languages best in an environment where learning enhances their self-esteem and reinforces their sense of who they are and who they are becoming," according to the International Children's Education.

A revelation Thursday by largely inaccessible Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker could serve as Exhibit A in that theory.

Tucker, who joined Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick and Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich to support early childhood learning programs at the YMCA, shared a humorous vignette about his 3-year-old grandson's impressive vocabulary, including the toddler's unprompted uttering of this all-too-familiar phrase: "I am not availabe to answer that question at this time."




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