To The Daily Sun,
As newlyweds, my husband and I left New Hampshire to peruse career opportunities in the Mid Atlantic. While living out of state, we had three children and recently decided to move back to the Granite State so our kids could grow up with access to the same experiences, environment, and community we enjoyed. One of the most surprising (and disappointing) things we have discovered while looking for our next home is that not all New Hampshire communities offer full-day kindergarten and the state does not offer any funding for full-day programs.
My twins are turning 5 in June and they are ready for a full day of learning. By the age of 5, a child's brain is nearly completely developed, yet our state still pays only half of the cost to adequately educate that kindergarten student. In addition to being extremely beneficial from an early learning standpoint, offering full-day kindergarten is a necessity for attracting and retaining young families like mine.
Luckily there is a bill at the Legislature right now that would fully fund full-day kindergarten programs – SB 191. I encourage all of our lawmakers to join the 83 percent of New Hampshire residents and support this important piece of legislation. Investing in a full-day of kindergarten is an investment in the future of our children, our economy, and our state.
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