Research about public preschools and whether or not states should fund them.
There has been constant debate over the importance of preschools for children and whether or not they should be funded by the state. As time passes, more and more states are allocating money to their preschools; however, there are still some states that are not following this trend. Six states, Idaho, New Hampshire, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming, and Montana, continue to provide no funding towards their states preschools (Mongeau, 2017). One of the main reasons these states have yet to change their stance on public preschools is that the voters and politicians in these states are strong supporters of family autonomy and minimal government intervention. Since 1999, there have been at least five attempts to pass a bill to fund early education in Idaho; however, none of them have passed (Mongeau, 2017). It seems that the citizens of these states are not for their governments putting money towards public preschools. Since 1999, there have been at least five attempts to pass a bill to fund early education in Idaho; however, none of them have passed.
This issue is of particular importance because it has been shown that high-quality preschools produce long term academic and social benefits in children (Mongeau, 2017). Increasing the amount of funding that states put towards preschools has the ability to improve how ready children are to begin kindergarten (Mead, 2015). Preschools have an important impact on the current and future education of children and it is important to make sure that they are prepared for what is to come. However, although there is evidence of the benefits to sending children to preschool, some people see it as nothing more than daycare. They think that it is more of a social welfare program for the poor rather than an educational program (Kasmin, 2016). There are a lot of sides to this issue and it is difficult to make everyone believe that states funding preschools is the best course of action.
States are continuously providing more and more funding towards preschools. As of 2015, states had spent $6.3 billion on preschools in the previous fiscal year (Quinton, 2015). This amount has grown 8.3% from the previous year and 6.9% from the year before that. Many states are also funding programs for 3-year-old children (Quinton, 2015). This just goes to show how the support for state funded preschools is changing. State funded preschools for 4-year-old children are now offered by 44 states and the District of Columbia. Not only is the funding for these programs growing, but also the support. Likely due to the research that has been done on the matter, people are seeing the importance of funding preschools.
This issue has impacted student's education in the past and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. For a long time, there has been debate over whether states should fund preschools and this debate will continue as long as there are citizens who do not agree on the matter. However, it is important that people look at the facts and not just what they think they know. Research has shown that there are educational, economic, and social benefits to quality preschools (Kasmin, 2016). Before people make judgement about what is right for the future of their state's educational systems and for our countries children, they must educate themselves and look at the facts in order to make an accurate and informed decision on the matter.