It’s Always Best to Start at the Beginning

Our own Tony Accetta and Jodie Deshmukh in the Glendale Cherry Creek Chronicle:

President Obama’s recent State of the Union address focused the nation on the urgent need to develop solutions that address the growing achievement gap. While “pre-school for all,” the most-talked about solution, may very well be an important step in leveling the playing field for low-income students, most experts agree that we can and should begin even earlier — at birth. Research on the brain has proven that most of the brain’s development takes place during the first three years of life, when vital neural connections are made in response to a child’s environment. Infants less than 30 days old have been shown to be making rational judgments and exercising discretion in their preferences. The notion that a baby is just a baby is a disservice to the baby and is a waste of important and valuable time.

Fortunately for Coloradans, a program exists that focuses solely on the early years: Bright Beginnings.

Also mentioned is the 17th Annual Brad & Erna Butler Memorial Golf Tournament public fundraiser on Monday, June 03, 2013.