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A vote for Milan is a vote for Idaho’s future

Kristi Milan supports quality public education, pre-K through post-secondary, and, when elected legislative District 4 senator, she will continue her fight for Idaho’s children.

We tout the importance of “Go On” to college, which we all agree is critical for the success of Idaho’s students and communities. However, what some legislators overlook, or simply ignore, is the critical role preschool education plays in this goal. There is a direct correlation between preschool enrollment and the college completion rates among the world’s leading economies. Study after study supports the same conclusion: early childhood education has a tremendous impact on the lives of children.

Early childhood education has also had an impact on lowering juvenile and adult incarceration rates, school suspensions/expulsions, etc. Quality preschool education is the missing piece in Idaho’s pursuit for student success.

Too many Idaho legislators are blind to the everyday realities of today’s families. “Only five states do not invest state funds into preschool programs. Support for preschool transcends partisan labels, with 22 states with Republican governors and 10 states with Democratic governors increasing funding for pre-K programs in 2015-2016 (“50-State Review” ecs.org).

Invest in Idaho’s future; support our children; vote Milan on Nov 8.

Jan Studer

Coeur d’Alene


 

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