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OPINION: The pandemic is no excuse to lose focus on kindergarten readiness

OPINION: The pandemic is no excuse to lose focus on kindergarten readiness

source: hechinger report logo

North Dakota doesn’t provide statewide funding for prekindergarten. But while we’re working with our partners at the North Dakota Department of Human Services to garner support for this and similar programs through state legislative leaders, our children need high-quality learning environments now.

We cannot simply say we’re going to set aside learning for six months or 18 months — or even two to three years, if the pandemic endures for that long. Even with Covid-19 cases spiking around the state and country, we just can’t say, “We’ll get back to that.” Our 4-year-olds are only four once.

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