To the Editor: As a Save the Children Action Network volunteer, I’m spending this holiday season reflecting on the progress we’ve made for kids in New Hampshire. I’m proud that we’ve expanded access to early learning, like home visiting programs and full-day kindergarten, over the years, but there is still more work to be done.
One of the most persistent challenges facing New Hampshire families is providing a solid foundation of learning for their young children. There are about 65,000 kids under age five in the Granite State, and most of them have parents who contribute to our workforce and economy. That means parents must scramble to find early learning programs for their kids, and they need an effective system in place that allows them to confidently identify a program that suits their child’s needs. We can do better by working families with young children.
Next year, the New Hampshire Legislature has the opportunity to invest in kids by advancing parents’ choice, while empowering early childhood education programs to grow and succeed.
I urge the New Hampshire Legislature to make the accessibility and growth of early learning programs a top budget priority.