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GEORGE F. LEE / GLEE@STARADVERTISER.COM Gov. Neil Abercrombie spoke at The Early Education Center of Seagull Schools on Alapai Street in January 2013 to promote early-childhood education. Behind him were state Rep. Roy Takumi and state Sen. Jill Tokuda, who are chairs of the House and Senate education committees, respectively.
DAVID SWANN / DSWANN@STARADVERTISER.COM By targeting the neediest youths, as Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s plan does, the state could reach the 4-year-olds found to benefit the most from state-funded preschool — low-income kids who otherwise would not have attended preschool at all — while avoiding the “crowd-out” effect and the drain from high-quality private programs documented in the study, Schanzenbach said.