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Report: Well-funded preschool programs reduce crime

from Contra Costa Times

As California and federal elected officials deliberate about how much money to spend on preschools, local police chiefs and legislators in Concord, Calif., said more early-education funding could cut down on crime and save millions later. They urged Congress to approve preschool funding as part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and said the state should also protect or increase preschool funding. "Children who attended preschool were 43 percent less likely to need special education services," said Pleasant Hill Police Chief Pete Dunbar. more

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