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Cramming for kindergarten

from The Hechinger Report

When they arrived, many of the soon-to-be kindergarteners in Miami Elementary School's summer preschool program could not spell their names or grip a pencil. They hadn't learned to line up silently or raise their hands. At lunch, a few tried slurping their applesauce through straws. Many working-class families in this manufacturing city across the Wabash River from Purdue University cannot afford to send their children to private pre-kindergarten, nor can they rely on government-funded programs — like Head Start and subsidized childcare — which serve a fraction of eligible children. The city resembles Indiana as a whole, where 60 percent of children miss out on preschool. more

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