By Richard D. Holland
Published in the Omaha World Herald
The writer, of Omaha, is president of the Holland Children's Movement.
Our Nebraska Legislature is preparing to vote on a $3.7 million expansion of the state's Early Childhood Education Grant Program to assist more schools with the establishment of pre-K programs and to ensure that more children begin their public education experience prepared to succeed.
This proposed early childhood investment is an important step toward closing the academic achievement gap and may prove to be the most important legislation passed this year. Giving every child the opportunity to succeed in school is the only way to ensure the future success of our state. It is part of our long-term economic development.