Early childhood education spotlight is on KC

Aug 25, 2014 by

Patience in priming pre-kindergartners for learning is pretty much gone.

It doesn’t matter that power saws were still buzzing on the other side of temporary plywood walls when Hickman Mills rushed its new child center into service last week.

It doesn’t matter, with Kansas City pushing a citywide campaign, whether the financing cavalry of federal grants, state funding or local levies is coming.

No one wants to wait. Not in schools, and not in homes and neighborhoods.

Amanda Dillon (left) teaches a kindergarden class on Thursday, Aug. 21, at an early learning center operated at Ervin Junior High School in Kansas City by the Hickman Mills School District. The learning center is one of several local attempts to boost early childhood education.

Amanda Dillon (left) teaches a kindergarden class on Thursday, Aug. 21, at an early learning center operated at Ervin Junior High School in Kansas City by the Hickman Mills School District. The learning center is one of several local attempts to boost early childhood education. | ALLISON LONG/The Kansas City Star

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Kansas City is throwing its voice, clamoring to be heard all the way into the ears of every adult who circles around a child in a baby chair, with calls to action that everyone can apply:

All the world’s an early learning stage.

Not just in preschool. Not just in dutiful bedtime reading.

Everywhere. In wondering about the fruit in the grocery store. In watching the colored clothes swirling in the laundromat dryer. In laughing over a cartoon character’s motives.

They want us talking to children. Flooding them with language. Filling their heads with words.

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