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    Michigan’s state budget for 2008 had School Aid as its biggest spending area using 34.9% of the total expenses.  With such a large proportion of money going to one area it can only be expected when making budget cuts that this area would receive large cuts. Michigan is currently in the process of deciding the State’s budget and early childhood funding has been proposed to take a large amount of cuts. Not only are people worrying about this from educational standpoints for Michigan’s future but also from a position for the community’s well-being.

     

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    The Senate-passed School Aid Budget plans to cut $103 million in preschool funding that serves at-risk preschools, $2.1 million in funding for child abuse and neglect prevention, and $95 million in early care and education programs (FreePress).  The hesitation with cutting funds in this area is that preschools lay the foundation for children to learn socially and cognitively.  Preschools set the building blocks for further learning and without it who knows how the youth will develop.   The federal government has made programs to increase the amount of preschools in the United States and make them available to all incomes nationwide, with programs such as HeadStart or the Promise Neighborhood concept. Being a federal issue, early childhood education seems to shows great importance.  Stated in an article in the Free Press, “Michigan Kids Not Ready for Kindergarten,” one third of children entering kindergarten do not know their letters and numbers and they lack in social skills and the majority of these children have not gone through preschool. If more children cannot attend preschools, development will be behind in kindergartens across the board.

    One of the most important principles of preschools is that it helps children develop socially. Preschool is where children start to develop their personality, they learn to share and wait to take turns, and it is where they learn how they are supposed to behave. Many neurological and social science studies have “provided evidence that in the first few years of life, children’s intellect and emotions, and even their ability to feel concern for others, are being permanently shaped” (FreePress). People are concerned that without a system where children can interact with one another and develop social skills will lead to an increase in crime and violence in the future. Fight Crime: Invest in Kids is a national non-profit organization dedicated to informing the public and policymakers on research that has proven to keep crime numbers down in children and also to prevent child abuse and neglect. Their main focus is on the importance of “high quality” early childhood programs. According to "Fight Crime," investing in the children now will not only lower the amount of violence , but also save tax dollars.

    But is the government the only source to rely on to help the children of today? Is there an alternative? Parents and private business could be a good compromise in a time when budget cuts are needed. Parents could take responsibility to get their children kindergarten ready. There are so many resources out there for parents to provide their children with early education. With private businesses, Michigan has found reliance on foundations to help families and children in need of social services. The Malachi Global Foundation, Christian Conciliation Service of Southeastern Michigan, United Way-affiliated Family and Children Services are a few organizations in place that are there to help families and children in need. With more of these private services Michigan might fare well as the funds for social services and preschools decrease.

    The reality is, Michigan has to make huge budget cuts and education is going to a take a huge hit. It is up to Michigan residents to find alternate solutions because State funding of current programs is tenuous.

    Sources:

    http://www.freep.com/article/20090916/OPINION01/909160318/1069/Opinion01/Heirs-of-bad-budgeting
    http://www.freep.com/article/20090916/OPINION05/909160320/1069/OPINION01/Preschool-funds-pay-off-later
    http://www.mackinac.org/article.aspx?ID=8147

    http://www.ednews.org/articles/michigan-kids-not-ready-for-kindergarten.html

     

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