I applaud the Kennewick School Board for voting to increase its financial support of the READY! for Kindergarten program. Although the increased funding is expected to add to a projected deficit for the school district next year, this investment in kindergarten readiness will provide a great return on investment.
Kids who arrive at kindergarten ready for success are less likely to need remedial education and more likely to graduate than kids who are behind from the first day of school. And in the long run, this investment in school readiness will save money in criminal justice costs, because high school dropouts are eight times more likely to be incarcerated than those who earn a high school diploma.
While most people think of READY! for Kindergarten as a school-readiness program, it's important to understand that italso is a crime prevention program. Making sure that kids arrive at kindergarten ready for success is a great investment in our kids, our schools and public safety.
Chief Ken Hohenberg, Kennewick