To the Editor:
As a mother who has experienced the benefit of childcare for the past nine years, I’ve seen how quality care can give children a strong start to life. I wish that every child had access to early childhood education. That’s why I’m urging the Rhode Island state legislature to help more children thrive by supporting Governor Raimondo’s proposed universal pre-k plan.
Early childhood education for all children is the key to closing the opportunity gap in our state. A recent report shows that in Rhode Island there are more than three children waiting for each available childcare slot. I fully support the governor’s universal pre-k plan because it would give equal opportunity for success to every child regardless of their parents’ income.
I’ve seen the impact early learning can have on kids, and I know the investment is worth it. If more families in Rhode Island can access high-quality childcare, we will all witness the benefits for years to come.
The author is the co-founder and assistant executive director of Hope and Change for Haiti.