Power to the Preschoolers - Gail CollinsNYTimes.com

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nothing major is going to happen for early-childhood education without an enormous 'nothing major is going to happen for early-childhood education without an enormous groundswell of public demand. This is a cause that's extremely popular in theory. But its advocates have no power to reward or punish. Lawmakers who labor on behalf of preschool programs may get stars in heaven, but they don't get squat in campaign contributions. And the ones who eliminate money for infant care programs have no fear whatsoever that they'll lose an election over it...Look at McConnell. The Head Start programs in his state are already shrinking because of sequestration cuts. In western Kentucky, Audubon Area Community Services has had to close 12 classrooms and lay off 42 staff members...If you want to lobby, I'd start with the Senate. The House is impossible,working under a budget that cuts spending ...

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