Wilkes-Barre Times Leader: Letters to the Editor: Pre-K can decrease crime woes

Luzerne County district attorney writes a letter to the editor in support of pre-K:

“The fact that two-thirds of Luzerne County’s 3- and 4-year-olds do not have access to publicly funded, high-quality pre-kindergarten programs creates an obvious school readiness gap and a less obvious crime prevention gap. But many law enforcement leaders, including myself, have long considered quality early childhood education as a critical component in an overall strategy to curb crime and violence.

Research is clear that Pennsylvania’s quality early learning programs are helping to control early aggressive behaviors in at-risk children, lowering the need for special education and reducing the odds that they will continue to develop anti-social delinquent and even criminal behaviors as they get older.”

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