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Funding quality preschool for all keiki is worth the investment

By Amy Garma

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Apr 28, 2014

~~<p>I strongly believe that play is a right of childhood. Young children learn best when they have the opportunity to explore materials and figure out how things work. I have seen young children's love for learning grow as the depth of their understanding about a particular subject matter deepen with each learning activity, each book read aloud or song is sung. It always puts a smile on my face when I hear the children running outside toward the classroom when they first arrive in the morning. We should all share in their enthusiasm for learning and going to school.</p>
<p>We are at a crucial juncture in our state where we can make it a priority to ensure that every young child has the access to a quality early learning program. Our governor has made early learning one of his priorities and created the Office of Early Learning to help create the standards, programs, and bills to support our youngest citizens. I stand with him to advocate that every child have the opportunity for early learning so that they can reach their highest potential and succeed in life.</p>
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I strongly believe that play is a right of childhood. Young children learn best when they have the opportunity to explore materials and figure out how things work. I have seen young children's love for learning grow as the depth of their understanding about a particular subject matter deepen with each learning activity, each book read aloud or song is sung. It always puts a smile on my face when I hear the children running outside toward the classroom when they first arrive in the morning. We should all share in their enthusiasm for learning and going to school.

We are at a crucial juncture in our state where we can make it a priority to ensure that every young child has the access to a quality early learning program. Our governor has made early learning one of his priorities and created the Office of Early Learning to help create the standards, programs, and bills to support our youngest citizens. I stand with him to advocate that every child have the opportunity for early learning so that they can reach their highest potential and succeed in life. Login for more...



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